American Beverage Repair can help you solve your beer troubles. Cloudy beer? Flat beer? Beer not coming out at all? Check our time saving beer troubleshooting list below for answers to most of the common beer problems. Issue still not fixed? Give our experts a call today for fast, friendly, and efficient service.
No beer coming out
|Rush of gas from the faucet ||Keg is empty - connect a full keg|
|Nothing coming out of the faucet|
Keg coupler not installed correctly - Check to make sure the keg coupler is installed correctly and is twisted clockwise all the way down.
|Other lines will start to run slow or gas tank gauge will be at "0"|
Gas tank is empty - Connect a new CO2 tank
|All lines running slow and gas tank gauge shows gas|
Gas toggle valves not open - Make sure the toggle valve is parallel with gas line
|Beer is very slow or completely stopped in one tap or several connecting taps|
Beer line is frozen - Make sure the beer cooler is at correct temperature. Glycol reservoir for the
coolant should stay right around freezing. Turn off the system for 1 hour, then try pouring
|Flat Beer||Head quickly goes away|
Glasses improperly cleaned - Oily residue left on beer glasses by greasy foods, lipstick or milk will
destroy the beer head very quickly. Wash your beer glasses separately and not with other dishes.
Use a good non-petroleum based detergent and do not wipe the glasses dry. Allow them to air dry.
Rinse the beer glass in fresh cold water right before serving beer
|No head on beer|
CO2 pressure not correct - Check CO2 tank to make sure it is ON and is not empty. Increase
pressure if the beer runs too slowly. Check for clogged air lines. Check CO2 regulator and
gauge. Make sure refrigerator is between 36 and 40 degrees
Improper pour - Pouring the beer with no head or pouring the head off - This will give the beer an
appearance of being "flat". Open the faucet quickly and completely. Proper pour will have a tight
creamy head of about 1/2" TO 1" high
Foamy Over-Carbonated "Wild" Beer
|Beer is "blowing up in the glass||Frosted or Frozen glasses - Rinse beer glasses in fresh cold water before serving beer.|
Improper pour - Open the faucet quickly and completely. Proper pour will have a tight creamy head of
about 1/2" to 1" high. Make sure you are holding the glass the correct distance from the faucet.
Warm Beer - Keg storage or cooler temperature too high - Adjust the cooler temperature to a lower
setting. Lower temperature of glycol. The glycol reservoir for the coolant should stay right around
freezing. Make sure all your beer tubing is kept inside your fridge to maintain a constant temperature.
|Beer coming out too fast or too slow with too much foam|
CO2 gas regulator not set correctly - Adjust the amount of CO2 pressure by adjusting regulator
Old Beer Lines - Replace old beer lines whenever needed. Especially if purchasing a used system.
Dirty Faucet or obstruction in Faucet - Remember to clean your faucet with hot water and a brush
whenever cleaning the beer lines. This should be done at least every 3 weeks.
Worn out faucet parts - If the faucet does not open wide, then the worn parts or the entire faucet must be replaced. Replace the worn washers whenever needed
Kinks, Twists or other obstructions in the beer hose - Check all lines completely
|First few drafts of the day appear to be all foam|
Pressure and temperature are not staying the same - If you use your beer cooler a lot during the day
the temperature will rise. Gas regulators are set to give a good pour at the daytime temperature.
Overnight the beer will dissolve more CO2 because the beer gets colder but the gas pressure stays
the same. If you store only kegs in your cooler this will fix the problem. If you can't, then hang a slatted
plastic air-barrier screen in the doorway to minimize cold air loss. If this isn't possible, try turning off
the valve from the carbon dioxide regulator at night. Just don't forget to turn it back on in the morning
|The last third of a keg is foamy|
Same as above
|Beginning of a keg pours foamy|
If your beer was just delivered the keg needs time to settle. Wait 1-2 hours then pour again.
|Cloudy or "Dark" Beer||Hazy, Cloudy - Not clear enough to see through|
Beer is too cold - or too warm. Over chilling or change in temperature may cause cloudy beer. Check
the temperature of your cooler
Old Beer - Beer can appear cloudy if the keg has been tapped for more that 3 weeks. Check the
expiration date on the keg
Improper Pour - Not opening the faucet completely will agitate the beer. Open the faucet quickly and
completely. Proper pour will have a tight creamy head of about 1/2" to 1" high. Keep the glass at the
correct distance from the faucet throughout the pour.
|Beer tastes funny or "off"||Dirty System|
Clean your entire system completely immediately after each keg is empty. Clean your beer lines at
least every 3 weeks at the most - best to do this every week
Are your glasses clean?
Is there air in the beer?
|Metallic taste after cleaning lines|
All lines have funny or metallic tasting beer - The chemical used to clean could have left a residue.
Pour off a few pints and the beer should taste fine
Beer tastes like *butter *creamed corn *Butterscotch
Diacetyl or D.M.S. could have formed in the beer during fermentation which could make the beer
taste off - This is "Bad Beer" and should be returned to the distributor
Check expiration date - Beer can go bad if it has been tapped more than 3 weeks. Buy a fresh keg
|Bad or Contaminated Air Line|
Dirty air lines should be washed the same way as beer lines. Replace if needed
|Beer "Burps" or Sputters||Beer starts pouring fine, then "burps"|
Warm spot, pinhole, soil or bacteria buildup or kink in the beer line somewhere - Make sure the lines
are clear and straight all the way back and that nothing is on top of them. If everything looks good,
then clean the lines.
Bad seal around the faucet or keg coupler - Replace washers in the faucet and keg coupler. Check insulation and seals
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Most all beer dispensing problems are caused by
* Improperly cleaned parts (Lines, glasses, faucets)
* Improper CO2 Pressure
* Improper Temperature
Check the above 3 items first. If they don't fix your issue, try looking below for further troubleshooting steps
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