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Keg Tapping Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What coupler do I need for the brand of beer I have?
A:We offer a compatibility guide that can match your brand of beer to the correct keg coupler.
Q: How do I tap a keg?
A:You tap a keg by using a keg coupler. You will need to purchase the correct coupler to match the brand of beer keg you have. You can refer to our compatibility guide to find which coupler is right for you.
Q: How can I change from one keg coupler to another?
A:All standard keg couplers produced in the US use universal threads, making it easy to switch couplers without cutting hoses or removing clamps.
Q: How do I tap a keg with a twin probe coupler?
Q: How is a party pump different than a keg coupler?
A:Unlike keg couplers, which dispense beer using pressurized gas from a cylinder, picnic or party pumps dispense beer using air pumped into the keg by a hand pump. Party pumps make it easy to dispense beer at special events where a full setup may not be practical, but due to the harmful affect that oxygen has on beer, kegs dispensed using a party pump should be consumed within a few hours before the beer becomes flat and stale.
After purchasing a keg for use with a party pump, it is recommended that you use a Keg Jacket or blanket to help insulate the keg and keep it cool until it reaches the location where it will be dispensed. It should then be kept in a barrel of ice and out of direct sunlight.
Q: How do I use a party pump to dispense beer?
A:To dispense beer using a party pump:
Q: How should I clean my party pump?
A:After each use, clean your party pump using beer line cleaning chemicals. To clean your party pump using a pressurized cleaning bottle:
Q: What is a jockey box, and how is a cold plate different than a coil?
A:A jockey box is a cooler that allows you to dispense ice cold beer without having to keep the kegs themselves cold.
In a jockey box that uses a cold plate, beer is cooled as it is run through an aluminum cold plate that has been covered in ice. Melted ice must be drained from the cooler and the remaining ice must be periodically pushed back down onto the cold plate in order to ensure that it is being properly cooled.
In a jockey box that uses a coil, beer is cooled as it is run through a stainless steel coil that has been covered with ice and water. Because the coils are longer than the cold plate tubing, allowing the beer more time to be cooled, jockey boxes using coils are generally recommended over those using cold plates.