Beer taps are typically referred to as keg taps or draught taps. These are devices which allow for the dispensing of beer from kegs or barrels. Keg taps usually come in different styles such as horizontal (or “straight draw”), vertical (or “gravity fed”), and wall-mounted.
Horizontal keg taps are considered to be the most popular style of tap, as they are the easiest to use and typically require few modifications to be fit to most kegs. Vertical taps, on the other hand, require a greater investment in parts and require the assistance of a draft technician in order to properly install.
Wall-mounted taps are popular in restaurants and bars, and allow for the kegs to be stored out of sight.
- 1 What are the parts of a keg called?
- 2 Do kegs have different taps?
- 3 What is the most common keg coupler?
- 4 Are keg tap handles universal?
- 5 Are beer taps interchangeable?
- 6 Are all beer tap handles the same size?
- 7 How do you put a tap on a keg?
- 8 How do you tap a keg without a tap?
- 9 How soon before a party should you tap a keg?
- 10 How long does a tapped keg last?
- 11 How long does a keg last without being tapped?
- 12 Why is my keg so foamy?
- 13 How many beers are in a keg?
What are the parts of a keg called?
The parts of a keg are called the barrel, the valve, the spear, the gas inlet, and the gas outlet.
Do kegs have different taps?
Yes, kegs have different taps. There are three main types of taps: party taps, beer taps, and keg taps. Party taps are the most common type of tap and are typically used for home kegs. Beer taps are used for commercial kegs and are often found in bars and restaurants.
Keg taps are used for industrial kegs and are typically found in breweries.
What is the most common keg coupler?
The most common keg coupler is the D System, which is a American Sankey coupler. It is compatible with most American domestic beers, such as Budweiser, Coors, and Miller. Other common keg couplers include the S System (for European Sankey beers, such as Heineken) and the U system (for German beers, such as Beck’s).
Are keg tap handles universal?
No, keg tap handles are not universal. So it is important to choose the right one for your keg. The most common type of keg tap handle is the plastic screw-on variety, but there are also metal clamp-on handles and lever-style handles.
Some handles are also adjustable, so you can use them with different keg sizes.
Are beer taps interchangeable?
Most beer taps are interchangeable, but there are some exceptions. Some taps are keg specific, while others are designed for specific beer styles. Be sure to check with your local brewery or beer retailer to find the best tap for your needs.
Are all beer tap handles the same size?
No, all beer tap handles are not the same size. Just like beer glasses come in different sizes, so do beer tap handles. The size of the beer tap handle will depend on the size of the beer glass it is meant to fit.
For example, a small beer glass will need a small beer tap handle, and a large beer glass will need a large beer tap handle. This is so that the beer tap handle can easily fit into the beer glass and not fall out.
How do you put a tap on a keg?
A keg can be tapped in a few different ways, the most common being with a handheld tool called a keg punch. To use a keg punch, simply insert the tool into the hole on the top of the keg until you feel it puncture the inner wall, then rotate the punch slightly and pull it out.
You may also need to use a rubber mallet to tap the punch into the keg if it’s too tightly sealed. Some kegs also have a built-in tap that can be screwed into the top of the keg.
How do you tap a keg without a tap?
If you have a keg without a tap, you’ll need to insert a tap into the keg in order to draw the beer out. The easiest way to do this is to find a friend with a working tap, and have them hold the tap while you screw it into the keg.
Once the tap is in, you should be able to start drawing beer out of the keg.
How soon before a party should you tap a keg?
Ideally, you should tap a keg about 2 hours before partygoers arrive. This will give the keg time to settle and also ensure that you don’t run out of beer too early in the night. However, if you’re short on time, tapping the keg an hour before guests arrive should suffice.
How long does a tapped keg last?
A keg can be stored for a long period of time as long as it is not opened. Once the keg is tapped, it should be consumed within a few days for the best quality.
How long does a keg last without being tapped?
Again, it depends on how much beer is being drawn from the keg. If a keg is being constantly emptied, it will only last a few days. However, if it’s only being tapped for a few glasses at a time, it can last for several weeks.
Why is my keg so foamy?
There are a few reasons this could be happening:
1. The keg isn’t cold enough.
2. The keg is over-carbonated.
3. There is something blocking the flow of beer from the keg (usually a dirty tap or an obstruction in the beer line).
4. The beer is “wet” – meaning it hasn’t had time to properly settle and condition.
If your keg is too warm, the beer will be over-carbonated and will be foamy. The ideal temperature for serving beer is between 38-45 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the keg is over-carbonated, this means there is too much CO2 in the beer. This can happen if the keg wasn’t purged of air before being filled with beer, or if the keg was shaken too much. To fix this, you can vent the keg by opening the valve at the top to release some of the built up pressure.
If there is something blocking the flow of beer, this will also cause foam. Make sure the tap is clean and that there are no kinks in the beer line.
Finally, if the beer is “wet”, it will also be foamy. This happens when the beer hasn’t had time to settle and condition properly. To fix this, let the beer sit for a few days so that the yeast can settle out and the flavor can develop.
How many beers are in a keg?
A standard keg contains 15.5 gallons, or 1,984 ounces. This is equivalent to 165 12-ounce beers.