Ok so I bought this house a few years ago and it came with a kegerator. It hadn’t been used in a while and so I bought all new tubes, a new stand, filled a CO2 canister up and rented two pony kegs.
I hooked everything up without really knowing what I was doing. I bought this device which the kegerator plugged into which enabled me to control what temperature the kegerator stays. If the temperature gets too high, it would allow the machine to cool down and if it got too cold, it would cut off. I have it set at 38 degrees. Once the beer started pouring, I felt like one of the beers tasted flat and had it switched out but even the new one tasted flat to me. The beers would also come out super foamy with a ton of head.
A few months went by and I’m about to host a party so I wanted to order two new beer pony kegs. I opened the kegerator and was shocked to see this huge block of ice in the kegerator. I had to cut the machine off to let the ice block melt. I got a new keg and another is on its way. I hooked up a new CO2 canister and again, the bear is super foamy and tasted flat. I can already see new ice forming on the back wall of the kegerator.
I tried to test the beer today and nothing was coming out. I made sure the CO2 was on and the line was open. I pulled this tab on the tap and air began escaping and then the beer started to pour again.
What the hell am I doing wrong?
Why did the ice block form? Why is the beer coming out flat and foamy?
Can anyone offer any advice?