October 13, 2009

How to Tap a Keg and Pour a Perfect Beer

For some of us, tapping a keg is second nature thanks to more keg purchases than we'd like to count. Not everyone has been practicing for so long, however, and there are certain situations where you can save the day by being the one who knows how to tap a keg without out overpumping it and causing it to puke beer foam for the next hour. This video will teach you how to tap the major keg types (American and European sankeys), and even give a little 101 on how to pour that perfect pint you've been searching for.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 13, 2009 7:45 AM
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From http://www.micromatic.com

The hand operated pump is the pressure source that forces the beer out of the keg.
***A classic mistake when operating a party pump is that the user will pump first and then open the faucet, this results in a faster (foamy) pour.***

Proper Dispensing/Pumping
1. Tap the keg.
2. Open faucet until all pressure is relieved.
3. Open faucet and begin pumping until desired
flow is reached.
4. Stop pumping, only pump with faucet open.
5. Repeat step #3 until keg is emptied.

When not in use, submerse faucet and beer line in ice on top of keg.

Keeping it Fresh
After purchasing the keg, it is recommended to cover the keg with a blanket or keg jacket. This will insulate the keg and keep it cool during transit.
Transport the keg directly to the location in which it will be dispensed and put keg in a barrel of ice.
Keep pump and keg out of direct sunlight.

Posted by: TeMpTiN at October 20, 2009 7:55 AM
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