Knowing about the Kegging System and Use of Beer Taps
A keg used to be made of a wooden barrel to contain beer, but, nowadays, it is now constructed of either aluminum or stainless steel to store and serve beer under a pressurized condition. A kegging system comprises the following components: 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.
The first step before filling the keg is to clean it first and, afterwards, pressurize the keg using the 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 the keg using a safe agent, iodophor. When the keg is prepared for filling in, siphon the beer from the homebrew fermenter into the keg, being careful not to aerate or splash the beer. Once the keg is full, cover it and 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 all of the air is released and the keg has been fully pressurized with carbon dioxide, you can store the beer 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. Now that the desired carbon dioxide pressure is determined, 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.
Choosing the right beer tap is critical because the keg is pressurized, such that the beer tap must be able to seal well and control the flow of beer. These are the types of beer taps available in the market today: pressure dispense bar taps, which is the most popularly used in homes and bars, and portable picnic taps, which is a small, inexpensive plastic taps used with a hand pump.Interesting Research on Products – What You Didn’t Know