How to Remove the Tap From a Keg


There are a variety of different types of keg taps commonly used to provide beer at parties and bars. Most noncask beers are served at bars with a pressure dispense tap that uses carbon dioxide to pressurize the keg and push beer up through the hose. Party kegs usually use a portable keg tap with a hand pump to push air into the keg. Regardless of the type of tap, most need to be removed for cleaning or to replace the keg.

  • Turn off the carbon dioxide pressure line if your keg has one.

  • Firmly grasp the beer tap hose at its base on the tap and twist counterclockwise to remove it.

  • Drain excess beer or foam from the hose.

  • Grab the tap handles and twist counterclockwise to completely remove the tap from the keg. It should come off fairly easily.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can remove the hose from the tap before or after removing the tap itself. If the hose does not come off easily, try using a pair of pliers.

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