If you have a kegerator, you can serve cold and cold beer in the comfort of your home without having to visit the local bar. You can use several different kits to build your kegerator. And once he’s ready to go, learning how to use it is a simple process.
- Check the lines of your kegerator. The cask is placed in a small refrigerator and distributed through the beer lines. When using a kegerator, connect a barrel to the beer lines so that it can work properly. Also, when the CO2 needs to be replaced, you will need to do as well by changing the CO2 tank.
- Check the temperature and pressure of the kegerator. Ideally, the temperature should be set between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure gauge should be in the range of 10 to 12 PSI.
- Place a clean glass of beer at a 45-degree angle about 1-inch from the tap.
- Lower the faucet handle completely to pour the star. After the glass is half full, you can place the glass in the upright position until you are done the filling. Close the faucet by placing the handle upright.
- Remember, after using your kegerator to clean the beer lines regularly. You can buy cleaner line beer from any alcohol supplier, and it contains the cleaning chemical, potassium hydroxide. Bacteria can accumulate in the edges if you do not perform this critical task.
Tips and Warnings
- You can use several different sizes of the keg when using a kegerator. You will need to consider the size of the kegerator as well as the amount of beer you plan to serve. Keg sizes include ½ barrel, ¼ short barrel, and 1/6 barrel. For a ½ barrel, you’ll get 15.5 gallons of ¼ cask beer holds 7.75 gallons, and a 1/6 barrel holds 5.23 gallons. You may encounter some common problems while using a kegerator. For example, if you find that your beer is all foam, check the pressure and temperature gauge to make sure they are not too high. Flat beer indicates that the pressure and temperature of the kegerator are too low.
The faucet is one of the essential parts of your system. The quality of service and, therefore, the final beer depends significantly on the ability of your faucet to regulate the flow.
There are three types of faucets:
- The “picnic” plastic .. can we serve something other than a glass of foam with? I do not know.
- Stainless steel faucets without a regulator. Very frankly, I advise against them, the regulation of the flow is essential to avoid once again the glasses of foam.
- Stainless steel faucets with the regulator. From my point of view, the only valid taps! It is possible to reduce the foam at the service by adjusting the pressure and increasing the length of the pipes coupled with a reduction in diameter. But sincerely it is more restrictive than anything else, while a regulator corrects all that. So yes it’s more expensive, but hey, it’s just essential! FYI, the regulator is the small wheel on the side.
I hope this article has enlightened you on kegs, know that there are still other types of connections and standards. But overall you have here a presentation of the most common “standards”! Of course, good beer is rather fresh, so it will be necessary to place your kegs in a refrigerator or regulated freezer; this is called a “kegerator.” I opted for a freezer because I think a fridge is a bit weak to cool four casks in summer. Be aware that the CO2 bottle can be inside or outside the refrigerator is not essential. The cost of equipment can be a deterrent, but I can not imagine cleaning and bottling 60 bottles .. not counting the time to carbonate. Do not hesitate, jump in!