How to Take the Valve Out of an S Type Beer Keg

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The party keg is a favorite among tailgaters and for house parties.

Beer kegs are operated using a tap. The tap consists of a valve and coupler. The valve is the part of the tap is inserted into the keg. There are six types of beer keg taps. An S type tap, otherwise known as a European Sankey tap, is used for an S type keg. The S type tap is only used for certain European import beer kegs, such as Heineken, St. Pauli Girl and Amstel, though there are many more. Removing the tap valve from the S type keg can be accomplished with little difficulty.

Instructions

    • 1

      Place the keg in an area with plenty of room to stand over it. If the keg is in an enclosed cooler, pull it out of the cooler. If the keg is sitting up high, have a friend help pull it down and place it on the floor.

    • 2

      Grab the tap handle. Pull out and simultaneously lift it up. This retracts the valve from the keg and allows the keg's pressure ball to seal the hole on the opening. If the handle is not pushed all the way up, the ball will still be depressed.

    • 3

      Twist the tap head counterclockwise until it stops. Pull the tap up and out of the keg.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're using the same tap and hose for a different beer, ensure that you bleed the lines free from all previous beer. Otherwise, this will affect the flavor of the new beer.

  • Ensure that the tap handle is lifted fully in the up position. If the pressure ball is depressed when you twist the handle, you're going to get showered with beer and anything in the immediate area will get wet too.

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