All keg beers are very lively.


TCP taintAt our bowls club we have tow bitters (courage best and London Pride) we also have Carlsberg.

All beers are 9 gallon kegs. The problem is when we pull a pint we get more head then beer, it used to be just the London Pride but now it’s all three. We called the suppliers and the engineer said, it’s because we keep the beer too long. He said a keg will need to be drunk in 4 days once put on line. We have two gasses a mixed gas which we used to use for Worthington Smooth and CO2 which was always Courage and Carlsberg. Now we seem to have CO2 for London Pride and Carlsberg and Mixed for London Pride.

Can anyone give us a clue as how to put this problem right. My thoughts are it’s the under bar cooler that’s at fault. The cold room is kept at 11F.



  1. Well my first thought is the Cellar is not at 11 F but is more likley 11 C. At 11 F everything would freeze. !!C is about the right temperature. I have always been told the corect temperature for Draught ALes is 12 C. Now why is the beer so lively. Straight answer is I dont know. but making a guess should you be pushing a Draught Ale with Gas? Perhaps others who know better than I can enlighten you. When I have Doom Bar on I only pull it with the Angram Pump. Is your gas pressure too high?
    I will watch this post as I am interested in the solution
    Good Luck

    • Hi, Welcome to Inndoctor. Fobbing or lively beer is a regular subject that we are asked about.
      Right, let us begin. First off Get yourself a thermometer and check what temperature the beers are serving at.If your products are all serving at high temperature then look no further than your undercounter coolers. Make sure they are working,
      Are your beer lines cleaned regularly and with a decent line cleaner, check Inndoctor for more information.
      How long are your kegs on service, 4 to 5 days would be about right, any longer and your products could become over carbonated, causing fobbing.
      Our gut feeling is temperature.
      If you are not covered by a brewery contract have a look for a local beer dispense contractor near you and have things checked out. Let us know how you get on.

  2. Hi enfield
    To add to what has been said it does sound as if it is a temp problem, normally 30/70 mixed gases are used for bitters and Guinness, Co2 for Lagers and ciders. From what you say it sounds as if someone has changed something,you would certainly benefit by getting a local engineer just to check your cooler and balance the gas pressure to the temp of the cellar (which does sound OK should be 11-13C).

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