How to Maintain a Commercial Beer Tap System (Part 1)

20 June 2019
Bar Management
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draft beer taps at bar

If you are responsible for operating and monitoring a commercial draft beer tap, maintaining that tap properly is an important task. You need to make sure the tap remains in sanitary condition, and it also needs to be in proper working order, so you can serve customers in a timely manner. To offer some tips in that direction, we have created a two-part blog post for you to review. We hope it helps!

It Starts with the Taps

To have your beer tap system at its best, you will need to have clean taps. This is perhaps the most obvious part of the process, so it is a great place to start. You should have a tap cleaning hit on hand if you are going to handle this task in-house. Once you get the hang of it, cleaning your beer taps is not a particularly difficult or time-consuming job. With that said, it is also possible to outsource the job. By hiring a company to handle this work for you on a regular basis, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to keep up with it. You can just schedule service for a regular interval based on your needs and let the contractor handle it from there.

Remember the Lines

The two key components to your tap system are the taps and the lines. We’ve already talked about cleaning the taps, so now we move on to the lines. While they might not need to be cleaned quite as often as the taps, it is important to have them cleaned on a periodic basis. If you do a lot of business and are running a lot of beer through your system, it might be necessary to clean the lines weekly. On the other hand, establishments that sell less beer might be able to go three weeks between cleanings without any problem. You’ll need to think carefully about your business and make a plan that suits your situation.

Too Much Foam

As long as your beer tap system is clean, the other concerns that come up will likely be related to performance. One commonly seen issue is a tap that is producing too much foam. As long as the beer is being poured properly, the foam problem may be related to something within your tap system. Among the possible causes for foamy beer include kegs that are being kept too warm, glasses that are too cold, or too much pressure within the system. It might take a bit of experimenting to dial in your system just right, so you are left with a pour that has just the right amount of foam.

Maintaining a commercial beer tap system actually doesn’t need to be too difficult, as long as you keep up with basic maintenance tasks. In the next part of this article, we will touch on some further troubleshooting points to help you solve problems that may come up along the way.

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