How to Tap a Party Keg

Tapping a party keg properly can make the difference between foamy and tasty beer. Liquor stores that sell kegs supply customers with taps that fit into the opening of kegs, and pressurizing carbon dioxide to create carbonated instead of flat beer. The taps include a faucet and lever that release beer. Tap a party keg with gentle pressure and turning techniques for cold, frosty drafts.

Things You'll Need

  • Tap
  • Pitcher

Instructions

    • 1

      Let the party keg settle for at least one hour if it has undergone movement such as rolling or sliding during transportation.

    • 2

      Take the cap off the party keg to reveal the opening. Check the tap to make sure the faucet and handle levers are up, which indicate the off position.

    • 3

      Find the notches on the tap, and line the notches up with the slits on the opening of the keg. Push down while turning the tap clockwise into the party keg opening until it locks into place.

    • 4

      Press down the levers to open the party keg and release beer. Fill a pitcher with beer to release foam created by the tapping process before serving beer from the keg.

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