What are some common troubleshooting issues regarding kegs and dispensing?

Almost all dispensing problems are the result of improper temperature, improper pressure, or cleaning/sanitation issues.

Reviewing this checklist should solve most common issues.

  • Is the keg being stored between 36-38 degrees F?
  • Is the CO2 pressure between 7-10 lbs?
  • Have the Faucet, beer line, and keg coupler been cleaned (with chemicals specifically manufactured for beer line cleaning) on a regular basis?
  • Listed below are some other common problems and their causes:

    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 line
  • 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 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 line, and/or keg coupler
  • Dirty glassware
  • FALSE HEAD: Large soap-like bubbles, head dissolves very quickly:

  • Dry glasses
  • Improper pour