Practical and Helpful Tips: Taps

Bring Your Beer Right to you with a Beer Keg Tap

We usually see beer kegs in parties or picnic especially with our family and friends. Thirsty people need to drink a lot so the keg is really cost effective and could save money. The device that allows you to release the beer into your drinking cup from the keg is a keg tap. Keg taps are really easy to use but care must be given in handling it so that you don’t waste the beer, which can happen if you do not know how to use it correctly. Foam can be released from the keg tap if not done properly, and it can go all over your face or your body. Getting beer from a keg tap looks easy but it is not as easy as it looks.

The release of the beer is regulated by the keg tap. With the use of a lever and with the actions of pulling and pressing it, the beer is released. You can get you beer when the pressure is released and it pushes the beer up to your glass. The keg tap is technically a switch and may be an on-off or a close-open switch.

To minimize the foam it creates when pouring, place the beer keg in a steady position for a short while; the beer keg should be directly in front of you. Foam build up is the result of too much movement when the keg is being transported. Let it stay for a while and place the keg where you plan to serve the beer to minimize the foam. It is harder to tap with the cap or seal so you should remove it. Pros don’t remove the cap or seal because they know how not to put the beer at risk. If you will do it, you need to play it safe.

A portable keg system can be tapped with CO2. Party pump is when pressure is receive by the keg in a single unit pump and tap combination. Here, the keg and the tap are separated. You need to attach the pump, and the faucet must be opened to release the pressure in the keg. Pumping gives air pressure into the keg, and a push on the lever, which is the tap handle that releases beer.

When beer is mixed with air, it begins to lose its flavor and this is the reason why a pony keg or a portable keg should be consumed in a single day when the beer already loses its flavor. Traditional keg uses an on and off valve. This types works by gravity and there is no need for air pressure. The traditional keg valve simply needs to be opened or closed to get your beer.

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