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top tips

Keep brews chilled, ideally 2-4 degrees

- keeps it fresh & avoids foam ups 

Clean gear (lines, couplers etc) before tapping

- dirty gear = crappy brews 

Clean glasses really, really do matter

- cleaning tips below 

10 PSI works for most brews

- check the table below

TOP TIPS

Getting Started

20L Kegs are 57cms tall, 24cms wide. With a coupler, 69cms tall, with a coupler & tap 78cms.

10L Kegs are 37cms tall, 24cms wide. With a coupler 49cms tall, with a coupler and tap 58cms.

If possible, allow a bit of extra headroom for wiggling the kegs in and pouring if using a tap.

The first keg is picked up when you collect your first brew (so you don’t need an empty to exchange with) or delivered to your door.  

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. 

If everything is super cold and you haven’t been bouncing down a 4wd track you can normally just tap and enjoy.  If you are getting foamy pours it’s normally due to warm beer/gear but if it’s really shaken up disconnect the gas and let some gas out, i.e. lift up the handle of the coupler so it’s no longer tapped, then unscrew the gas post, once off then gently lower the handle and you will hear the gas come out. When it starts to slow pull the handle back up, you don’t want zero gas. After that then try pouring with the flow control only just on. 

If the beer is warm (ambient temp), allow 24hrs to chill. 

Please check the table below but most beer can be run on 10-12 PSI. For the first pour drop the pressure down even lower, e.g. start at 5PSI until everything floods and is pouring well then dial it up. 

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. 

There’s a few options, two of the finest are the GasGuyz and Speed Gas. If Gas Guyz are not in your hood yet and you want a soda stream cylinder just head to Woolies or Coles. 

Mastering

The golden temperature bracket is between 2 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

Party pumps & jockey/magic boxes are great but arguably the easiest approach is to just put the keg, coupler and tap in an esky. When you are ready to pour just stand up the keg, tap and enjoy. 

 

Either way the important point to keep your keg, and everything that touches beer, super cold to avoid foamy pours. 

General Info

Beer from a keg/tap instead of 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). 

Apologies but sadly not.

20L commercial kegs with an A-Type connector. 

The empty keg weigh 5kg, full about 25kgs.

53 (375ml) beers. 

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. 

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

 

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