Changing a Keg

Make sure that the tap lever/handle on the keg coupler is in its most upright position (off or disengaged). If you try to tap the keg when the lever is in the engaged (down) position, you will be sprayed with beer. Not that there is usually anything wrong with being sprayed with beer (championship winning athletes do it all the time), but it’s not desirable when you are at work.

2. Align the two coupler lugs with the corresponding openings in the keg valve.

3. Insert the keg coupler and turn clockwise to engage into position (about 90 degrees).

4. Press the handle downward (ON) this will allow gas to enter the keg and beer to flow out of the keg.

5. Place the keg in its final location. Kegs must be placed on a flat surface to ensure that all draught will be removed from the keg.

why do i have to clean my lines?

Beer is a food product, just like milk or bread. It has a shelf life and an expiry date.

Mould and bacteria will start to grow on the couplers, faucets, FOB’s, lines, and connections. Click on the image to see a comparison of a clean connection and a mouldy one.

Hard water makes beer taste better, so beer contains a great deal of calcium. Due to this large amount of calcium, beer stones develop in the lines.

By clicking on the image, you can see a comparison of an old line where the beer has permeated the line and a new line. Cleaning your lines will slow this process while removing the bacteria build-up inside the lines.

what is a fob?

In addition to staff training and a properly balanced system, a Foam On Beer (FOB) detector is quite possibly the best piece of equipment you can buy to help decrease spillage. There are basically three styles of FOBs (click to enlarge), but they all do the same thing.

Once the keg empties and the line starts to fill with foam, a ball housed in the FOB will drop and seal off the line, allowing the line to remain packed with beer. Upon changing the keg, the FOB needs to be reset.

How much money are you wasting annually without FOBs installed?

Length of run (keg to faucet) in feet

Kegs/wk 20′ 30′ 40′ 50′ 60′ 70′ 80′
5 $390 $585 $780 $975 $1170 $1365 $1560
6 $468 702 936 1170 1404 1638 1872
7 $546 819 1092 1365 1638 1911 2184
8 $624 936 1248 1560 1872 2184 2496
9 $702 1053 1404 1755 2106 2457 2808
10 $780 1170 1560 1950 2340 2730 3120
12 $936 1404 1872 2340 2808 3276 3744
These figures are based on only pouring regular domestic draught. If you pour imports, add on another 50%.

FOBs pay for themselves in months.