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The Four Most Important Components Of Any Draft Beer System

Draft beer systems are essential in many bars and restaurants. They keep beer ice cold, perfectly fizzy, and ready to serve at a moment's notice. Installing one of these systems in your restaurant won't be difficult with a little bit of professional help, but before you start, you should know what you will be installing. This article covers the four major components of any draft beer system.

Kegerator

Most people agree that the best beer is chilled to perfection, so most restaurant and bar owners keep their draft beer cold at all times by storing it in kegerators. These machines work like refrigerators, but unlike refrigerators that have multiple shelves and bins for storage, the entire interior of a kegerator is often devoted to storing a single beer keg. Kegerators come in a variety of sizes, but their sizes correspond to standard keg sizes, so all you have to do to stock one is to add an appropriately sized keg of beer and hook it into the rest of the draft beer system.

Gas Cylinder

One of the hallmarks of a good beer is a refreshing fizz. This fizz comes naturally from carbon dioxide that is created during the fermentation process. But just as a small amount of soda being stored in a large container goes flat over time, beer that is kept in a mostly empty keg goes flat, too. To prevent this, draft beer systems use carbon dioxide canisters to keep each keg pressurized. As a bartender dispenses a glass of beer, beer is pulled out of the keg and carbon dioxide is pushed into it simultaneously. Sometimes, gas cylinders are integrated into kegerators for convenience.

Dispenser

The most iconic part of a draft beer system is the visible part: the dispenser. Dispensers can have one or multiple taps, each of which can be connected to a separate kegerator. With multiple taps and kegerators, bars and restaurants can serve multiple kinds of beer from the same dispenser. When choosing a dispenser, look for stainless steel models with removable drip trays for easy cleaning and sanitation. 

Tubing

The various components of each draft beer system have to be connected to function properly. Between the kegerator and dispenser, beer typically flows through polyethylene or vinyl tubing. These materials are used because they are flexible, non-reactive, and suitable for cool liquids. As long as you ensure the beer lines are free of kinks, they can be looped or bent as needed. Gas lines move carbon dioxide between the gas tank and the keg. These lines may be made from plastic or metal; they just need to be rated for high-pressure applications.

To learn more, contact a resource that carries draft beer systems.

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