If you enjoy the fresh taste, complex flavor, and aromatic profile of cask-conditioned beer (also known as "real ale") and want to begin dispensing it yourself, you're going to need a few special tools. Beverage Factory has designed this convenient Cask Dispense Kit with a Gravity Dispense Tap that makes it easy to serve delicious cask conditioned beer straight from the keg without the need for a beer engine. The kit includes the gravity dispense tap and a wooden shive, soft spile, hard spile, and keystone.
The shive bush on your cask is sealed with the wooden shive, which has a small hole in the center that can be used with the soft spile to vent excess CO2 or sealed with the hard spile. The soft spile is inserted into the shive during the venting process, allowing excess CO2 to be released from the cask through the porous wood. Once the conditioning process has ended, it is disposed and replaced with the hard spile to seal the shive and maintain the correct level of carbonation before serving. It is loosened or removed prior to serving, and replaced at the end of the night to maintain levels until the next day. In the case of a lively cask, the hard spile can also be used in the initial venting to prevent a beer shower.
The keystone bush on your cask is sealed with the wooden keystone, which has been pre-scored to make it easier to drive the tap into the cask. The gravity dispense tap allows you to serve beer directly from the cask. This plastic faucet can be tapped through the cask's keystone with a rubber mallet, and then you'll be ready to dispense delicious cask conditioned beer!