The Beginners Guide To Kegs (Chapter 1)

How Does a Beer Keg Tap Work?

We usually see beer kegs in parties or picnic especially with our family and friends. Kegs are very ideal to those who drink a lot which is also cost effective and money saving. IF you have a keg tap, this device will allow you to release the beer into your drinking cup from the keg. It is easy to use a keg tap but you must be careful not to waste beer if you are not sure how to do it correctly. Improper use of the keg tap can let foam go all over your face or all over you. You would see people doing this but it is not as easy as it looks.

In order to get beer from the keg, you need to control the keg tap. This uses a lever and through pulling and pressing it, the beer is released. When pressure is released, it pushes the beer up and into the glass. Technically, a keg tap is a switch that you can turn of or off or you can switch to open or close.

You can minimize the foam created when pouring by placing the beer keg in a steady position for a short while. Foam build up is the result of too much movement when the keg is being transported. In order to minimize the foal, place the keg where you plan to serve the beer and let it stay for a while. It is harder to tap with the cap or seal so you should remove it. However, the pros do not remove the cap or seal because they will not put the beer at risk like you will. Since we are not pros we should play it safe.

Tapping with CO2 is done with portable keg systems. Pressure is received by the keg in a single unit pump and tap combination, which is called party pump. Here, the keg and the tap are separated. You attach the pump, and the faucet must be opened so that the pressure in the keg is released. 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. An on and off valve is used in a traditional keg. This traditional keg does not need air pressure since it works using gravity. In this type, you can get your beer by sampling opening or closing the keg when the valve is used.