Kegging and Beer Taps
Beer used to be contained in wooden keg barrels, but, in these days, an aluminum or stainless steel type of keg is used to store and serve beer under a pressurizd condition. Beer is stored in what is termed as the kegging system, which is equipped with the following parts: the aluminum or stainless steel keg, a carbon dioxide gas tank, pressure regulator and two hoses, one hose feeds carbon dioxide gas into the keg inlet and the other hose brings the beer from the keg to the beer tap.
Kegs must always be cleaned first before filling the beer in it, and as soon as they are cleaned, pressure them with carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide gas tank and check for leaks using a small amount of soap water dab around the hose fittings and valves, and then sterilize them using iodophor, which is a stainless-steel safe agent. By siphoning beer from your homebrew fermenter, fill the siphoned beer into the keg, being careful not to splash or aerate the beer. As soon as the keg is full of the beer, pressure it using the carbon dioxide tank and purge any remaining air in the keg by displacing it with carbon dioxide, then release the air using the release valve at the top of the keg, repeating this 4-6 times to ensure that all of the air is out and replaced by carbon dioxide. When the keg has been clear of air and fully pressurized with carbon dioxide, the beer in the keg can be stored for several months, for as long as the keg has no leaks. As soon as the keg is filled up and pressurized with carbon dioxide, the next step is carbonation of the stored beer under maintaining conditions, such as meeting the desired carbon dioxide volume of 2.4 and constant temperature inside the refrigerator, where the pressurized keg is stored, and by using a carbonation calculator you can calculate the carbon dioxide pressure necessary for carbonation to take place, so use the data entries of the following: temperature inside the refrigerator, volume of carbon dioxide at 2.4, and the volume of the beer. When you have computed for the desired carbon dioxide pressure, adjust the amount of pressure from the carbon dioxide gas tank, then allow the keg to carbonate until it reaches full carbonation within a week.
Using the right type of beer tap can help ensure a well-sealed faucet and flow of beer is also well-controlled. The most common and popularly used beer taps, which are available in the market today, are the following: the pressure dispense bar taps, which is the most popularly used in homes and bars, and the portable picnic taps, which is a small, inexpensive plastic taps used with a hand pump.The Path To Finding Better Kegs