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Beer Keg Party Pump Basics

Whether the doldrums of winter or the elation of summer seize the seasonal spotlight, there is never a bad time for a party. We celebrate with holiday picnics and backyard barbecues, anniversary parties for our marriage or our business, Fat Tuesday parades and Cinco de Mayo festivals, open-house events for housewarmings, and annual golf tourneys to honor local heroes. And although our hearts hang heavy with the death of a loved one, we celebrate their life with a “post-memorial reception,” one that lifts our spirit and reminds us that our buoyant souls are here to jubilate.

Good food and drink, with ease of service, can make our party one that is fun for the guests, as well as the host and/or hostess. Drinks can be a source of distress, especially with the prospect of hauling cases of bottles and cans into the party environment, providing buckets and coolers of ice to keep the beverages cold, tripping over half-full bottles hidden between chairs, cleaning up, and hauling the empties back out again. Food seems so much simpler with paper plates and disposable utensils.

Keg Party Beer may seem like such a “guy thing,” but it can be the simplest, most economical solution to your next big gig. With a little advance planning, you can order really good, local or import beer from your nearby distributor. Compared to the cost of bottled or canned beer, Party Kegs are inexpensive, making it possible to afford what you really want to drink. Serving is easier. All you need is a cache of cups and a keg jacket or plastic tub filled with ice to keep it cold. Party people will eagerly make themselves at home by dispensing their own beer.

Keg beer is available in different sizes:

Can you lift a filled keg?

Weights range from 49 pounds for the Corny Keg to 87 pounds for a Pony and 161 pounds for a Keg.

Dispensing Systems

When you order your keg, take the time to ask questions and order the right equipment. Distributors will not know that you need a beer dispensing system, because many people regularly order keg beer for their home use in a kegerator or adapted freezer set-up, and are well-versed in dispensing systems. You need to tell the distributor that you need the keg and a dispensing system, including a mini-lesson on how to hook it up, if necessary. The most common dispensing systems are Party Pumps, CO2 Party Dispensing Systems, Jockey Boxes (aka Party Coolers), portable dispensers on wheels (with draft beer tower and drip tray), and clamp-on towers. There are 8 different keg tapping systems in use today. Even if you opt to use the handy Party Pump, you need to determine the type of tapping system that is compatible with the beer you are purchasing. If you get a pump with the wrong tapping system, you will not be able to dispense your beer.

Don’t worry. This is not hard. You can simply ask the distributor what Party Pump tapping system you need for the brand of beer you have ordered, or look it up online at:
Draft Beer Keg Coupler Systems

The eight systems are:Dispensing problems are almost always the result of improper temperature, improper pressure or using equipment that is not clean or is corroded. Keep beer between 36-38 degrees, with CO2 pressure between 12-14 pounds for most beers. Be sure that faucet, beer line and coupler have been regularly cleaned with chemicals specifically designed for beer systems.

All foam and not enough beer?
Beer temperature may be too warm; CO2 pressure too high; faucet is corroded or dirty; beer hose is kinked; beer is not drawn properly.

Cloudy beer?
Beer is too cold (possibly frozen); beer has been kept at room temperature for extended periods of time; beer may be old; dispensing equipment or glassware is dirty.

Beer is flat, head disappears quickly, and fresh flavor is missing?
Beer temperature is too cold; CO2 pressure is too low; glassware has residual oils on surfaces that are in contact with beer.


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