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An Easy to Follow Guide for Draft Beer Installation

Beer is fantastic. The experience of a freshly poured pint of the favorite beer from a tap is far more exhilarating than cracking open a can or bottle of beer. Draft beer installation is a beautiful addition to restaurants, bars, catered events, and more, as they are designed to quench the thirst of dozens of consumers. Learning how to proceed with draft beer installation can cut down on the turnaround time and efficacy of the installation. Continue reading to get insight into the installation procedure and things to consider.

What is Draft Beer?

Beer supplied on tap from a keg, as opposed to beer poured from a bottle or container, is known as draft beer. The draft beer poured from kegs is frequently fresher than bottled or canned beer since it travels faster from brewery to distributor to bar, and even faster if consumed directly at the brewery.

Difference between Draught and Draft Beer

The difference between draft and draught beer is non-existent. Both terms allude to beer poured from a keg, and while they are spelled differently, they are pronounced the same way. In North America, “draft beer” is more generally used, but “draught beer” is used in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. When referring to beers imported from Europe, American brands will occasionally use “draught beer.” Some American bars and restaurants may also utilize European spelling to give their company a more authentic sense.

What is a Kegerator?

Kegerator is a refrigerator-based draft beer installation that can contain a single keg or many kegs. The words “keg” and “refrigerator” are combined to form the term “kegerator.”

How to install a Kegerator?

The casters, beer dispenser, tap tower(s), faucet, regulator, CO2 cylinder, coupler, and tubing lines must be assembled before a new kegerator is set up.

Follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions for the kegerator’s safety. Before starting, one should get familiarize with tap towers, faucets, and other tap system components. In general, the steps will be similar to the ones below:

  • If necessary, add casters to the bottom of the unit.
  • Attach the tap tower(s) to the beer dispenser with screws.
  • Each tap tower should be equipped with a faucet.
  • Connect the gas line tubing to the CO2 regulator while the shutoff valve is closed to ensure safety.
  • Connect the regulator to the closed CO2 cylinder, using a tool if necessary to secure it.
  • Locate the tank mount on the unit and place the cylinder inside.
  • According to the manufacturer’s instructions, connect the coupler, gas line tubing, and beer line to each keg.
  • Be ready to serve once the barrel is placed inside the unit.

Checklist for Draft Beer Installation

  • Choose the right dispensing system.
  • Proper Refrigeration
    • To select a suitable refrigeration unit, follow these three steps:
      • Determine how many kegs will be on hand. This determines what size refrigerator is required.
      • Decide what kind of product is intended to be sold. There are single-zone and dual-zone variants available. 
      • Dual-zone models retain liquids at the perfect serving temperature, allowing customers to pour beer and wine at their desired temperature.
  • Cleaning the Lines  
    • A qualified line cleaner should clean the lines every two weeks to ensure that the most incredible quality of beer is served to the customers.
  • Splashback 
    • Stainless steel, copper, and an easily cleaned tile are all viable possibilities for a through-wall installation.
  • Gas 
    • The length of the run, lifts, and lowers, as well as the system’s architecture, dictate the type of gas used. CO2 or mixed gas, which is a mixture of nitrogen and CO2, are the two alternatives.
  • Regular FOBs vs. Smart FOBs (Foam on Beer Detectors) 
    • FOBs are a terrific way to save money and prevent waste. The FOB will stop pouring when the keg is empty and keep the line full of beer until the barrel is replaced.

Conclusion

Draft beer installation features a simple design that makes them simple to operate, and they can serve dozens of people before needing to be refilled. These systems, like any other piece of machinery, require adequate installation along with frequent maintenance.