KIT ASSEMBLY

HAND PUMP – NO GAS

  1. In a cool spot, out of the sun, place cooler on convenient table or bar. Then fill cooler with ice, this is very important if you want cold beer.
  2. Remove protective foil or wrap around keg coupling.
  3. Place coupler onto keg coupling and lift handle right up then turn the coupler clockwise, a quarter turn up to stop and then press down on handle until it locks.
  4. The keg may have residual pressure, so try to pour a beer by holding spout over glass and pushing leaver.
  5. Pressurise keg by pumping plunger as required to continue pouring. It’s as easy as that.

SINGLE TAP

  1. In a cool spot, out of the sun, place cooler on convenient table or bar. Then fill cooler with ice, this is very important if you want cold beer.
  2. Connect tubing as shown – grey are gas tubes, white are beer tubes.
  3. Remove protective foil or wrap around keg coupling.
  4. Place coupler onto keg coupling and lift handle right up then turn the coupler clockwise, a quarter turn up to stop and then press down on handle until it locks.
  5. Open gas cylinder – check pressure, it should be 2.5 bar.
  6. Pour a beer by pulling back on tap leaver into a waste glass or bucket, until it runs clear without foam.
  7. Adjust flow using leaver on tap – it must be slow enough not to foam and cool beer sufficiently.
  8. You are now ready to party! Pour your beer slowly onto the edge of the glass, near the rim to reduce foaming. Sit back and enjoy.

DOUBLE TAP

  1. In a cool spot, out of the sun, place cooler on convenient table or bar. Then fill cooler with ice, this is very important if you want cold beer.
  2. Connect tubing as shown – grey are gas tubes, white are beer tubes.
  3. Remove protective foil or wrap around keg coupling.
  4. Place coupler onto keg coupling and lift handle right up then turn the coupler clockwise, a quarter turn up to stop and then press down on handle until it locks.
  5. Open gas cylinder – check pressure, it should be 2.5 bar.
  6. Pour a beer by pulling back on tap leaver into a waste glass or bucket, until it runs clear without foam.
  7. Adjust flow using leaver on tap – it must be slow enough not to foam and cool beer sufficiently.
  8. You are now ready to party! Pour your beer slowly onto the edge of the glass, near the rim to reduce foaming. Sit back and enjoy.

TAP THE KEG

Ice your keg.

To insure the perfect head on your beer, chill your keg before tapping. To properly chill your entire keg and not just the bottom half:

  • Line your keg bucket with a big and clean plastic garbage bag.
  • Fill the bottom of the bag with ice.
  • Place your keg in the bag and on top of the ice.
  • Pack more ice in the garbage bag, around the perimeter of the keg.
  • Pull the bag up and around the keg, while packing with more ice.
    • It helps to enlist a friend here. One person to hold the bag up around the keg, while the other fills the bag with ice.
  • Secure the bag full of ice around the keg.
  • Let your keg sit on ice for 4-5 hours.
  • You may need to periodically replace the ice as it melts.

Ice your tap.

Do not forget to also ice the tap system, otherwise you will lose carbonation when your cold beer hits the warm tubing of the tap system. To properly cool your tap system put it on ice for an hour before you need it.

Remove plastic or cardboard cap from the fixture on top of the keg.

  • You will see a round valve.
  • Note the “A” & “M” keg valves are very hard to distinguish from the “D”, “S” or “U” systems. Make sure to ask your vendor about these.

Seat the pump on top of the keg.

  • Make sure the keg coupler handle is in the upright OFF position.
  • With the lever up, align the base of the coupler with the side of the keg valve.
  • Slide the keg system onto the keg valve.

Engage the tap.

Press the handle down and ON to complete the connection.

Check the seating.

  • If you see bubbles or foam escaping around the tap, then it is not seated correctly, to ensure it is, do the following;
    • Disengage the pump.
    • Take off the pump.
    • Try again.
  • If the seating looks good and there are no bubbles around the tap/keg seam, continue on.

Pour Beer

Get your cups.

  • Scratches on the inside of your glass can act as nucleation sites for bubbles to form. Thus, scratches can cause your brew to lose carbonation. To avoid this, if your glasses have scratches, simply rinse them with water before filling.
  • If you are using plastic cups then scratches are not a problem.

Start pouring.

  • Do not pump for the first few pints.
  • Just push down on the nozzle. The pressure already in the keg is more than enough to expel your beer.

Set the foam aside.

Do not worry when the first pint is all foam. This is normal and beer will follow shortly. However, you do want to make sure you deal with the foam properly, foam creates more foam. Therefore, adding beer to the foam glass will only create more foam and waste more beer. So pour that first foam into a spare glass and let it settle before adding more.

Pour the beer.

To minimise the head, tilt your cup at a 45° angle as you first fill it, this allows the beer to roll around the cup as the beer runs in. As your glass fills you can return it to a vertical position.

Maintain the perfect pour.

There is no rule governing how many pumps per pint you need. Instead monitor the flow of beer.

  • If your beer is expelling too fast and you see foaming, do not pump anymore. Some kegs have a pressure release valve that you can open by pulling the metal ring attached to it.
  • If your once-steady stream of beer has slowed to a drip. Give your keg a few pumps.

Troubleshooting Tips

BEER FOAMING

The most common problem encountered is usually caused by warm beer, to prevent this;

  1. Make sure that there is sufficient ice in the ice box and the water is being drained out.
  2. Adjust the tap to pour slower as the beer requires time in the cooler to cool the beer sufficiently.
  3. Try keeping the drinking glasses cool. Tilt the glass and pour onto the side close to the top.

Other causes include:

  1. Kink or obstruction in beer line (white tube).
  2. Gas pressure too low or too high, 2.5 bar is correct.
  3. Coupler not on properly.
  4. Incorrect gas mixture, call supplier to verify.

NO PRESSURE

If the beer is not pouring at all, is very slow or too little head on beer, make sure it is none of the following;
1. Check is the gas supply is off. As well as this, also check some of the regulators as they have a shut off tap that leads onto the gas supply
2. Check if the gas pressure is too low, 2.5 bar is correct.
3. Check if the gas is perhaps empty.
4. Check for kinks or obstructions in the beer line.
5. Check if the keg coupler is not on properly.
6. Make sure the tubes are connected correctly.

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