Kegerator Information

KEG BASICS

Beer served from kegs is the ultimate way to enjoy your beverage. Kegged beer remains fresh if it is served from a proper dispensing system like our kegerators or bar service systems. Carbon Dioxide, not air, is used to pressurise the keg and keep the beverage from spoiling. How long will a keg of beer last?

Well, that is based on how fast you drink it, but it will stay fresh and carbonated until you have poured the last glass.
The beer or beverage inside the keg is dispensed by pressurising the headspace in the keg. This helps keep the beverage carbonated so your cold keg inside the kegerator stays sparkling every pour.

The majority of kegs draw liquid from the bottom up a tube called the spear inside commercial kegs or in the case of ball lock variety kegs the liquid is drawn up the dip tube. The principal remains the same whether using commercial or ball lock kegs, the headspace is pressurised by the C02 cylinder and the liquid is drawn out of the keg and into the tap.

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TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE

While keg beer is simple to dispense, there are a few elements that need to be balanced before your beverage will pour perfectly. Temperature and pressure are crucial to have correct before you serve or there is a risk of over carbonating the beverage.

Simply put, the colder the liquid, the more gas it can absorb. The easiest way to serve from our kegerators if you have purchased commercial kegged beer is to apply the coupler and set your gas regulator to between 10psi and 12psi. Our kegerators are short draw systems that don’t require excessive back pressure.

The proper temperature for your beer is somewhere between -2C and 2C. This is up to you and how you enjoy your beverage. You will need to adjust your regulator pressure to achieve the proper pour without over carbonating the keg.

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LINE LENGTH

Your kegerator will be packaged with beverage and gas lines. The gas line is just for getting the CO2 into the kegs and can be adjusted in length if needed required. Your liquid line should not be adjusted in length. Our kegerator systems are normally packaged with 5mm ID 8mm OD beverage line. For each keg, users will need at least 3.5 metres of 5mm ID line to create enough resistance for the beer to pour properly out of the tap. If you cut your liquid lines short, the beer will leap from the keg to the tap and pour foam. A meter of line excess is not going to cause an issue.
If you are cutting your own lines to go to the tap, here are some recommended lengths to assist you in getting a good pour:

1.5 meters if using 4mmID x 8mmOD line

3.5 to 5 meters if using 5mmID x 8mmOD line

7 to 8.5 meters if using 6mmID x 8mmOD line

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HOME BREW KEGERATORS:

Home Brew kegs are different from the commercial kegs the big breweries use. Therefor you need a slightly different set up for pouring cold schooners from you own home brewed kegs. Our Home Brew kegerator range are made purely for this reason! 

The only additional purchases you should make are a suitable cO2 Gas Bottle and one of our 19L ball lock kegs. These top of the line kegs come with a 10 year warranty and are made to be compatible to our kegerators, meaning that no additional coupler purchases are required after you keg your home brew. This also means that you are able to fit 4 of the 19L ball lock kegs in our Kegerator fridges.  

CHECK OUT OUR COMPLETE HOME BREW KEGRATOR RANGE HERE

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COMMERCIAL KEGERATORS:

All of our kegerators can be used for commercial keg consumption. The only add ons you will be required to purchase are the A, D or S type couplers and a cO2 gas bottle. All of our kegerators can hold one 50L commercial keg or three 20L commercial kegs at once. 

CHECK OUT OUR COMPLETE COMMERCIAL KEGERATOR RANGE HERE

 

What type of COUPLER do I need?

Couplers are required for commercial keg use. Not every supplier/brewery uses the same coupler. You will need to purchase 1 coupler per tap in use.

A & D type are the most common commercial couplers used. We recommend purchasing at least these two when you purchase your kegerator.

 
Below is a list of the common beer brands that are compatible to each coupler...
D type coupler:

4 Pines
Bulmers
Carlton Draught
Cascade
Cricketers Arms
Crown Lager
Fat Yak
Great Northern
Kingfisher
Konig
Monteiths
Mountain Goat
Peroni
Pure Blonde
Reschs Draught
Somersby
Tiger Beer
VB

A type Coupler:
5 Seeds
Balmain Brewing
Bridge Road
Brookvale
Bundaberg & Cola
Canadian Club
Carlsberg
Coopers
Franzikaner
Furphy
Guinness
Hahn
Heineken
Hills Cider
James Boags
James Squire
Kilkenny
Kirin
Kosciuszko
Kronenbourg
Little Creatures
Lowenbrau
Paulaner
Pipsqueak
Sapporo
Spaten
Tooheys
Two Birds
White Rabbit
XXXX Gold
Young Henrys
 
S-Type Coupler:
Imported:
Asahi
Heineken
Hofbrau
Cantillon
Leffe
Pilsner Urquell
Stellar Artois
Strongbow Cider
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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What's the difference between the Series 4 and Series X kegerator?
The Series X is a much more modern model of the Series 4. The Series X has 15% faster cooling whilst being 10% more energy efficient. It can also fit four 19L ball lock kegs for home brew in comparison to three from the Series 4 and three 20L commercial kegs as opposed to two. For these reason we are currently only stocking the Series X models.
 
How long do the gas cylinders last?
This depends on the the operator however the 2.6kg gas cylinder lasts for 2-4 50L commercial kegs depending on spillage/wastage. The 6kg gas cylinder will last for twice as long.
 
How long does it take for the kegs to cool?
Kegs stored at room temperature will take roughly 6 hours to cool.
 
How long can kegs be stored in the fridge? 
There is no golden ratio for how long beer will stay fresh but the rough guide is about 3 months after tapping.

How often do I clean my beer lines? 
Beer can cause starch build up in your beer lines if this isn't cleaned often enough. It's recommended that you clean your beer lines after the use of every full 50lt keg. So once you finish a keg, clean the lines and then you are ready to start drinking again!

How many beers do I get out of a keg?

This is the most important question isn't it? A 50 Litre Keg gives you about 175 pots or 118 schooners (175 x 285ml OR 118 x 425ml glasses)

Do you have more questions or need some extra assistance?

Simply contact our friendly expert team HERE

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GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS:

Ball lock Disconnects - There are two types, Gas and Liquid. Disconnects are used for connecting the gas line to the keg and also attach the liquid line from the keg to the shank. If constructed of plastic, Grey disconnects are for gas and black disconnects are for liquid. If constructed from stainless steel, the gas disconnect will include a white collar and the liquid disconnect will include a black collar for identification.

Coupler - device that attaches onto commercial sized (50L) kegs for feeding gas into a keg and dispensing liquid from the keg. The coupler type must match the keg variety. A-type for A-type Kegs, D-type for D-type kegs, S-type for S-type kegs.

Font - the tower on top of a kegerator or bar top that houses the beverage taps

Gas Cylinder – Sometimes referred to as a gas bottle, contains carbon dioxide gas under pressure for serving draft beverages

Gas lines – any tubing used to connect the gas cylinder to the kegged beverages

Kegerator – a fridge converted to serve draft beer or beverages.

Liquid lines – any tubing used to connect the kegged beverage to the tap

Low Profile Elbow Bend – an additional piece of equipment to reduce height on couplers so that they’ll fit on top of kegs in kegerators with low ceiling headspace

Posts – the connection points for the gas and liquid disconnects on a ball lock variety keg

Pressure Relief Valve (PRV) – found on ball lock keg lids and some coupler varieties. The PRV is designed to reduce pressure should the keg be taken up beyond a safe working pressures.

Push Fittings – a small connector device used to connect tubing to couplers, disconnects and brewery equipment by pushing the tube into the fitting

Regulator – attaches to the gas cylinder to control the flow of carbon dioxide gas pressure to the keg

Shanks - the hardware that attaches to the font that will connect the tap to the beverage lines.

Tap – The faucet that serves the liquid enjoyment!