Home Bar Advice

Hi, I am going to install a bar in my shed.  I have a system used in pubs (salvaged from a closure) with regulators, 60/40 gas and two chillers that the beer passes through.  The beer taps have re-circ cooling too.  My question is about temperature changes.  I plan to only dispense standard lagers carling or carlsberg types but I have no means of chilling the barrel (nor do I want the be messing around with that anyway and buckets of ice is too much expense and grief)   I am not worried about storage times as a barrel will be gone in an evening.  Let’s say it’s a lovely summers evening it’s been into the 20’s and my barrel has warmed up a bit.  Will I have issues dropping the temperature to serving temp from whatever the barrel is at so quickly or will it not affect the delivery of the pint.  Worried it might foam up or is foaming little or nothing to do with temp change from barrel to glass?

  4 comments for “Home Bar Advice

  1. Roy
    29th June 2017 at 11:42 am

    http://www.caskjackets.com/menu.html are useful, and I used 70/30 gas as it works better for me than 60/40 or c02.In addition to this make sure it is insulated very well from the cooler to the pump other wise it heats up and creates shots of fob between each pint.

    • Home Brew
      29th June 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Roy, thanks for the reply. I have cooled fonts throughrecirc so the beer shouldn’t warm from flash cooler to glass. I have seen keg covers that run off recirc to cool keg. Any experience of these? Do you know if they work as £80 is a bit steep if they are near useless.

  2. Bhups
    12th July 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I have similiar set up in a shed, have fosters and co2 set at 20psi in the winter the pour was good. With this warm weather the pint seems a little flat in taste and looks, The beer does come out nice and cold though any recommondations do I need to increase the psi in this weather. TIA

    • Home Brew
      13th July 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I thought the Psi increase was more to do with the gas used than the temp of the beer. I used 60/40 on 35psi and the pints pulled fine. Barrel was probably around 20ish degrees I would say as it was a watm day

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