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Thread: GLYCOL CHILLER and INTERNAL DIAMETER of the beer coils

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

    GLYCOL CHILLER and INTERNAL DIAMETER of the beer coils

    Dear colleagues,
    I was reading about draft lines and glycol/cold water cooler. The most ones come with relatively small internal diameters with respect to the beer coils…like 5/16”. But normally you put a glycol cooler when you have a LONG draft line and when you have a long draft line you should vote for 3/8” beer hoses to minimize the pressure.
    How is that? I don’t get it. When you connect a 3/8” draft line to a 5/16” glycol cooler….that would cause problems, or Im wrong?
    Thanks a lot for helping…

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Enterprise, Oregon
    I have absolutely no idea what "beer coils" are in relation to draft lines. If you're talking about a cold-plate, like you'd use for a jockey-box for event serving, you're off-base for draught beer delivery systems.

    The draught lines must be chilled for their entire length. Failure to do so will result in the beer "breaking" in the lines--going above the CO2 saturation temperature. Cooling this at the tap will not solve the problem--you'll be serving foam.

    For long draught lines, use an insulated, glycol-cooled beer trunk. Micromatic and Banner are both good sources for this, and the dedicated glycol chiller that goes with the beer trunk.

    You're right about the 3/8" line for the trunk. A length of 3/16" "choker" line at the tap compensates for the delivery pressure to give you good pours. The length of the choker will depend on your beer carb level, how long the lines are, lift from the keg to the faucet, and elevation. Find the Draught Beer Quality Manual online and download it.
    Timm Turrentine

    Terminal Gravity Brewing,
    Enterprise. Oregon.

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