Although there are a number of issues that can arise in a remote draft beer system, the majority of them are fixed by knowing how to address the most common issues.

Almost all issues are the result of three issues:

  • wrong temperature
    The keg should be stored between 36-38° F, and that temperature should be maintained all the way to the point of dispense.
  • wrong pressure
    The CO2 pressure should be between 12-14 lbs.
  • dirty lines
    Have the faucet, beer line and keg coupler cleaned on a regular basis, using the proper chemicals specifically manufactured for beer and hose cleaning.

Common Issues and How to Fix Them

WILD BEER: Beer, when drawn, is all foam, or too much foam and not enough liquid beer

  • Beer temperature is too warm
  • CO2 pressure is set too high
  • Faucet in bad, dirty, or worn condition
  • Kinks, twists or other obstructions in the beer hose
  • Beer drawn improperly

FLAT BEER: Foamy head disappears quickly; beer lacks brewery fresh flavor

  • Beer temperature is too cold
  • CO2 pressure is set too low
  • Dirty glassware

CLOUDY BEER: Beer in the glass appears hazy, not clear

  • Frozen or nearly frozen beer
  • Beer that has been un-refrigerated for long periods of time
  • Old beer
  • Dirty faucet, beer hose, and/or keg coupler
  • Dirty glassware

FALSE HEAD: Large soap-like bubbles, head dissolves very quickly

  • Dry glasses
  • Improper pour

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