How to Hook Up a Keg

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Beer keg tapping systems work by maintaining constant, controlled pressure inside the keg via carbon dioxide or nitrogen. The same pressure also dispenses the beer when a valve on the tap opens -- similar to a garden hose in principle. Hooking up a beer keg is a straight forward procedure that involves connecting the beer line to the beer-line intake valve located on top of the keg. Only hook up chilled beer kegs (below 38 degrees Fahrenheit) -- beer begins releasing carbon dioxide at temperatures above 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and bacterial growth begins at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Remove the cover from the beer-line intake valve located on top of the keg. Turn the tap to the "Off" or "Closed" position.

  • Line the notches of the key coupler at the end of the beer line with the slits in the beer-line intake valve on top of the keg. Press down and turn the key coupler clockwise until you hear an audible "click" indicating it connected properly to the keg.

  • Prime the tap by pouring two to three pints of beer or until it flows smoothly from the keg.

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