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Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Fingar » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:41 am

Hi Folks,

Father Christmas bought me a beer gun which I have tried using a couple of times after checking out a couple YouTube videos which make it seem oh-so-simple! The issue I have is a great deal of foaming when I dispense into a bottle from the keg. I turn the gas right down extremely low, purge the keg of gas and still get a huge amount of foam in the bottles. Could the dispensing pipe diameter be an issue? I don't have any issues with foaming when I serve beer through a tap. Any suggestions you have would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by orlando » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:55 pm

Fingar wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:41 am
Hi Folks,

Father Christmas bought me a beer gun which I have tried using a couple of times after checking out a couple YouTube videos which make it seem oh-so-simple! The issue I have is a great deal of foaming when I dispense into a bottle from the keg. I turn the gas right down extremely low, purge the keg of gas and still get a huge amount of foam in the bottles. Could the dispensing pipe diameter be an issue? I don't have any issues with foaming when I serve beer through a tap. Any suggestions you have would be very much appreciated.

Cheers... Fingar
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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by McMullan » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:05 pm

The beer and bottles need to be cold to prevent foaming. A genuine beergun works well, IMO. Do Pegas fillers fill glass crown-cap bottles? I don't want my beer in plastic screw-cap bottles. Doesn't that require a park bench, as an add-on?

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by aamcle » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:18 pm

I have one but don't use it nasty thing.

To make it work both the beer and the bottles need to be as cold as you can get them and the pressure must be low. I've just built up a Counter Pressure Filler that largely overcomes those issues and works with glass of plastic.


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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by orlando » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:01 pm

McMullan wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:05 pm
The beer and bottles need to be cold to prevent foaming. A genuine beergun works well, IMO. Do Pegas fillers fill glass crown-cap bottles? I don't want my beer in plastic screw-cap bottles. Doesn't that require a park bench, as an add-on?
Don't have to worry about temperature with the Pegas. You do need a stainless washer cut to a horse shoe shape to act as a spacer. Then just mount to your kegorator or keezer or a separate vertical surface that allows you too hook the keg up to it and of course the gas.
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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by McMullan » Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:43 pm

orlando wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Don't have to worry about temperature with the Pegas.
That's a plus 8)

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by orlando » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:25 pm

McMullan wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:43 pm
orlando wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Don't have to worry about temperature with the Pegas.
That's a plus 8)

There are so many. I could bottle a crate of beer in the time it takes to set up a beer gun. Mine is permanently mounted though. :D
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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by mosquat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:43 pm

My beer gun is great, did 60 bottles for a wedding last year. Cold is good, longer length of pipe good too


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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Fingar » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:39 pm

Thanks for the replies folks.

I'll look at bottling at a reduced temperature, probably after force-carbing at 3 degs C. The Pegas does look and sound great so maybe this is one to look at in the future. There is an eBay seller at this site:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draft-Beer-K ... SwXtNaiq7B

Seems like a good deal.

Cheers... Fingar

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Haydnexport » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:13 pm

are the beers maybe over carbed and your pipework too short for the beergun?

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by orlando » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:53 am

Fingar wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:39 pm
Thanks for the replies folks.

I'll look at bottling at a reduced temperature, probably after force-carbing at 3 degs C. The Pegas does look and sound great so maybe this is one to look at in the future. There is an eBay seller at this site:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draft-Beer-K ... SwXtNaiq7B

Seems like a good deal.

Cheers... Fingar
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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Coffeeuk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:04 am

I’ve been looking at this one. It’s about £65 delivered, but does glass bottles and is stainless steel.

https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32610096535.html

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by orlando » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:15 am

Coffeeuk wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:04 am
I’ve been looking at this one. It’s about £65 delivered, but does glass bottles and is stainless steel.

https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32610096535.html

Looks a bit rough to me. You can do glass bottles with the Pegas CRO by adapting a washer, much cheaper and a proven design. If you are keen to have the next generation of a legitimate one go for the previously linked to Evolution. This one need the washer adapter too though.
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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Coffeeuk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:27 am

Cheers. Ordered the cheaper one you listed. Just need to sort a washer out now.

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Re: Beer Gun Woes - lot of foaming!

Post by Coffeeuk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:18 pm

There’s a 3D printed adapter. It might be of use to someone. I’m gonna get one printed at work.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2770963

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