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Draft craft is beer at it’s best, but it is important to use kegs properly 

if you want to get the perfect head. 

Top Tips

  • Keep beer like milk (ideally 2-4degrees)  keeps it fresh & avoids foam ups 
  • Clean gear (lines, couplers etc) before tapping – dirty gear = crappy beer 
  • Clean glasses really, really do matter – cleaning tips below 

  • Gas between 10-12 PSI for most beers  check the table below
  • Pull taps on full to avoid excess foam & fills glasses quicker!

Top 5 Tips

Keep beer like milk (ideally 2-4 deg) 
Keep it fresh & avoids foamy pours 

Clean gear (lines, taps etc) before tapping  
Dirty beer lines equals crappy beer 

Clean glasses really, really do matter
cleaning tips below 

Gas between 10-12 PSI for most beers
check the table below

Pull taps on full to avoid excess foam
& fills glasses quicker!

General Info

Apologies in advance for the annoying answer but… “Maybe”. Do you have a 20L A-Type keg from KegLand, if so then definitely, just let us know and we will send you a sticker to put on the keg before you start swapping. Do you have the same keg but a D-type spear? We should be able to make it work too. 

 

If you have a 19L homebrew Corny keg then swapping is sadly not available yet, we are trying to find a way but they are not easy for breweries to work with because they don’t fit in their cleaning/filling machines.

There is a glimmer of hope in that some breweries are open to refills – please let us know if you would be interested.

If you have any ideas on how we could do things better please, please, please let us know. 

Beer from a tap instead from a bottle/can, like what you get at the pub. Draught beer is usually the freshest way to get beer unless you are positioned underneath a brite tank. If wondering, Draft and Draught are the same thing, just different spelling approaches (Draft is US). 

About: We use KegLand’s 20L commercial keg with an A-Type coupler. The kegs have rubber handles and base to make them easy to handle.

 

The empty keg weighs 5.7kg, full about 25kgs. 

 

Size:  24cm diameter, 57cms tall. With a coupler 69cms tall. 

 

Weight: 25kgs when full, 5kg when empty.  

53 (375ml) beers. 

Step 1: Sign up 

Step 2: Get your keg gear. At the very least you will need a $99 KegSwappa keg but no action is needed as it will be automatically added to your cart when you buy your first brew. Check out the GEAR page for everything else you may need. Gear will be posted to you except for the keg which you collect when picking up your first brew. 
Step2: Now you have your gear you just need to BEER and buy a brew. 
Step 3: Visit the brewery where you bought the brew and collect the keg or swap if it’s your second brew. 
Step 4: Put in your fridge, connect, pour and smile that you are drinking the best quality beer, helping your local, saving money and helping to save our planet. 

If you can please collect with two weeks it would be greatly appreciated. Refrigeration space is normally scares in a brewery so the quicker a keg is collected the better. 

For the first couple of months we are only offering a pick up at brewery service however, we are in the process of enabling breweries (who want to) to also offer home delivery.

There is no golden ratio for how long beer will stay fresh but the rough guide is about 3 months after tapping although some tests suggest as long as 9 months for pasteurised beer but we hope it doesn’t come to that!

We don’t set the keg prices but the general view of the breweries is to charge a per beer price that is less than bottled or canned beer because kegged beer incurs less tax, removes packaging costs and takes less time to package.

The general view is that it’s best to reuse rather than recycle however, we have yet to get an independent review completed of the carbon savings relative to bottles and cans. To help tip the scales even further towards reusable kegs we are also planting one tree for every keg enjoyed. If you’ve got any suggestions or thoughts on the matter we’d love to hear from you. 

We want you to love the experience, if you are not and want out please let us know within 90 days and we will refund you the cost of the keg – forewarning we may ask you for lots of feedback on what we could improve.  

Temperature cycling doesn’t kill a beer per se, but exposure to warm temperatures. Beer should be treated like milk, if left out of the fridge it will go offer quicker. Refrigerated beer will keep its flavour as the brewer brewed it much longer, from months to weeks if left out. The beer won’t go bad in a way that makes you sick, it may just taste a little off, hop flavours and aromas will be diminished and delicious malt flavours may start to taste like cardboard. Simple rule, treat beer like milk. 

On another note, if you drink bottles often google light struck or skunked beer. If you don’t have time, just keep out of light because some beers go bad really fast when exposed to light. 

Getting Started

Kegs + couplers stand 69cms tall and are 24cms wide. If possible allow a bit of extra headroom for handling. 

The first keg is picked up when you collect your first brew, breweries will be notified you won’t have a swap keg. After that you just need to bring down your empty when swapping. 

Please check out our gear page but at the very least, a keg, a coupler, a regulator, gas (or party pump) and a tap. You will also need the connectors, beer line and a cleaning solution. 

Please check the videos below for instructions on how to get pouring with the Simple Set Up, how to make a Kegerator and how to set up a Kegerator. 

Most say 24hrs but that’s because they assume the beer is warm to start with, although if you have moved from a brewery fridge to yours quickly without much of a shake up try pouring after tapping. If foaming give it halfa and then try again – if you are still getting a frothy mess and are desperate for a beer try releasing some gas too.

Please check the table below but most beer can be run on 10-12 PSI.

The fastest way to turn yourself off your draft beer is to forego line cleaning. All sorts of horrible things can collect or grow in lines, e.g. bacteria, mould, bad yeast and sediment (beer/calcium stone). The result of not cleaning can be as simple as excess foam but can result in terrible tainted beer so please, please, please clean before kegging any new brew. 

Please see the line cleaning video below. In short though please use the Stellarclean solution as per the directions by putting into a bottle, attaching the red carbonation cap, putting a bit of pressure into the bottle and then connect your tap to flush it out. 

The golden temperature bracket is between 3 and 4 degrees. Of course beer can be too hot but it can also be too cold, e.g. taste flat because more carbonation stays in the beer. 

Mastering

The golden temperature bracket is between 3 and 4 degrees, however, if you want to get really crafty read Blackhops’s guide below. 

 

https://blackhops.com.au/best-temperature-for-beer/

https://www.kegland.com.au/blog/post/how-to-fix-an-overcarbonated-beer

The simple approach is with a party pump however, you will need to finish the keg within 24-48hrs because this approach exposes the beer to oxygen. Another option is a jockey box, this needs gas and is a bit more work and a lot more dollars but it looks impressive. Other idea is to just take a simple (soda stream) set up and a sit the keg in a bucket of ice. 

 

Either way the important point to remember is to keep your keg cold, warm beer results in a lot of foamy pours. 

Regulator Pressure

With great power comes great responsibility and carbonation levels can kill a brew. 

You probably don’t need to know what a perfectly carbonated beer looks/tastes/smells like but just incase, if every pour is a frothy mess it’s likely the beer is over-carbonated. 

If the beer looks like a placid lake it is probably under-carbonated.  

pales

7-12 PSI

LAGERS

10-12 PSI

pilsner

11-16 PSI

wheat

15-20 PSI

Videos

1. How to get started

5. How to clean beer glasses

2. How to set up a Kegerator

6. How to clean beer lines 

(Very Important)

3. How to build a kegerator

7. How to daisy chain 

 

4. How to balance gas in a keg

8. How to pour the perfect beer

 

1. How to get started

2. How to set up a Kegerator

3. How to build a kegerator

4. How to balance gas in a keg

5. How to clean beer glasses

6. How to clean beer lines 

7. How to daisy chain

8. How to pour the perfect beer

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Big cheers!

If you get a minute we’d love to see your set up – #kegswappa