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Anatomy of a Kegerator - Video - There has never been an anatomy class like this. You'll enjoy the final exam - pour a perfect glass of draft beer. Take a tour of the components and equipment settings of a draft beer dispenser. Our animated presentation will leave you thirsty.

Dispense Institute On-Line Edition - Micro Matic is pleased to present our Dispense Institute On-Line Edition. This technical reference is an interactive guide to the fundamentals of draft beer dispensing.

Keg to Glass Tour - Video - Come along on an interactive tour of a walk-in-cooler commercial beer system. The tour takes you from keg to glass...

Kool-Rite Technology - Video - Explore the components inside the patented Micro Matic Kool-Rite module. This focused video-lab highlights the engineering and features that make Kool-Rite the industry choice for draft tower cooling.

Beer Line Cleaning - Video - A clean draft beer system is the key to maintaining draft beer's freshness. Thorough cleaning is simple yet effective. This animated videolab illustrates the "3 Step Process" utilizing an electric line cleaner on a six keg system.

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Draft Beer Resources

Draft Beer FAQS - Dispensing draft beer is not rocket science, but there are specific requirements that must be adhered to. A perfect glass can be poured each time, but many people encounter common dispensing problems. We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions to address these common issues.

Draft Beer Glossary
- A comprehensive list of Terms and Definitions related to Keg Draft Beer.

Keg Coupler Compatibility Chart - The five basic keg systems available today: Click here for the Beer Keg, Coupler, Pump Cross Reference List.

Beer System Experts - Micro Matic is much more than simply a source for the highest quality draft beer systems. Our commitment is to help you provide the highest quality beer experience for your customers at an economical price.

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Draft Beer Dispensing Articles

(Authored by Industry Experts)

Draft Beer Troubleshooting: Temperature & Cleaning

The Importance of Beer Line Cleaning - A brewer may take up to several months to brew, finish, and package a keg of beer. The quality and flavor of that beer can be ruined in the few seconds it takes for a beer to travel from a keg to the faucet in a draft system that has not been properly maintained.

Draft Beer Temperature - One of the most essential elements for the proper operation of any draft beer dispensing system is a consistent temperature.

Direct Draw (Kegerator) Beer Line Cleaning! - Foamy draft beer can be caused by the build up of bacteria, yeast, mold, and beer stones within a beer line. Dirty beer lines lower the quality and taste of beer. It is important to regularly clean beer lines, faucets, and keg couplers to ensure the dispense of high quality beer.

Draft Beer Systems

Three Types of Draft Beer Dispensing Systems - There are three different types of beer dispensing systems commonly used in the United States today. All three-system types have their own specific functions, components and application depending on space and cost considerations.

Draft Beer Systems - What are the three main types of keg beer dispensing systems? Learn about Direct Draw Beer Systems (Self-Contained Keg Storage and Walk-in Coolers), Air Cooled Beer Systems for dispensing up to 25 feet and Glycol Bath Cooled Beer Systems for dispensing up to 500 feet.

Balancing a Direct Draw (Kegerator) Draft Beer System
- A Direct Draw Beer Dispensing System is a self contained, thermostatically controlled refrigeration unit, in which one or more kegs of beer are stored at an optimum temperature of 38 F. This system is equipped with beer dispensing hardware and 3/16 inside diameter (I.D.) beer line that can be used exclusively between the keg coupler and faucet.

Draft Beer System Maintenance - Whether you own a direct draw, air cooled, or glycol-cooled system, you need to maintain the system with some basic practices.

How to Build a Kegerator: Do-It-Yourself and Save! - Enjoy cold, fresh draft beer at home and save money, too! A glass of draft beer is about half the cost of serving cans or bottles. Kegerator Kits are ideal for the home bar, patio, college activities or custom installations. The kits make an excellent alternative to the more expensive Keg Refrigerator or Kegerators.

Micro Matic Glycol Cooled Beer Dispensing Systems
- Micro Matic Glycol Systems are capable of delivering draft beer long distances (up to 500). These systems are gaining in popularity for their performance and reliability, in serving great tasting beer; as well as reducing the cost, and waste usually associated with long draw beer dispensing.

Beer Pasteurization - Pasteurization is a process that significantly changed the health of the worlds population. The purpose of this document is to describe the pasteurization process and the impact the process has had on the packaging and serving of beer.

Beer Equipment / Components

Foam on Beer Detectors (FOBs) - The purpose of this article is to describe how an FOB works , and to explain how using an FOB(s) can increase profits from draft beer sales when installed on a long draw beer dispensing system.

V-Pod Draft Beer Tower
- V-POD is Video excitement at the Point of Dispense. Our innovative draft towers add more multi-media dimension for 06. Equipped with the state-of-the-art DiGi Viewer for perfect bar top viewing of files stored on digital memory cards. You can see why v-POD is the platform for on-premise marketing excitement!

Kool Rite Technology - A new benchmark in the industry standard, Kool-Rite Technology features 100% stainless steel contact with the beer from the trunk housing connection to the faucet. Stainless steel is the breweries dispensing choice because of its ability to ensure the beers integrity.

Guide to Beer Tap Handles - Beer Tap Handles come in many sizes, shapes and styles. For the breweries the beer tap handle is designed to advertise a brand and support a lifestyle theme it tells you whats on tap. With the introduction of kegerators and the growth of the home draft beer system, beer tap handles have taken on a life of their own.

Keg Beer Tap Faucets 101 - One of the most important components of a draught beer system, and often the most overlooked, is the faucet. If a faucet is properly maintained, the beer will flow through the faucet smooth and clear.

Gas Regulators in Dispensing Draft Beer - A gas regulator is used for maintaining carbonation and pressure for the dispensing of draft beer from keg to faucet. The intent of Breweries is to keep the quality of their beer perfect from brewing until dispensed and consumed by the end user.

Dispensing Draft Beer with Blended Gases - During the past decade or so, utilizing a mixture of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen (N) gasses for dispensing draft beer has become enormously popular at retail outlets such as bars, restaurants, pubs and major venues. Driving this popularity is the dispensing of stout or nitrogenated draft beers.

PDF - Party Pump Primer - Download this Quick Reference PDF! Picnic pumps are generally used in single keg special event environments. For example: picnics, backyard BBQs, beach parties, etc. The hand operated pump is the pressure source that forces the beer out of the keg.

All About Jockey Boxes!
- What are they and how do they work? A jockey box draft beer system is also called a coil box or cold plate box. The name Jockey developed from the portability of the unit as it is easy to move from one location to another (jockey around).

Commercial Draft Beer Articles

Presenting Draft Beer to the Customer - The condition of the glassware and how the beer is poured is all in the hands of the serving staff. The quality of the glassware and the presentation to the customer relies completely on the knowledge and skills of the bartender.

Pouring the Perfect Beer - To dispense the beer, hold the glass at a 45-degree angle about one inch below the beer faucet. Place a hand low on the tap, near the faucet, and quickly snap the handle towards you with one motion, until it stops and the faucet is open and pouring beer.