Keg Pump Basics
Keg beer is best when dispensed cold. Maintain the keg’s temperature by using a keg jacket (KJ-01 or MM-PKJ). Or keep a keg on ice by placing it in a plastic tub (R4219) surrounded with ice. Keep the keg in a cool location out of the sun.
Party Keg Pump Use:
- Connect the party pump (tap the keg). Insert the coupler into the keg valve and depress the handle.
- Before pumping, open faucet releasing natural keg pressure. First beers may consist of foam.
- Pour beer by squeezing the black faucet open completely. Partial opening of the faucet may create foam.
- Only pump to maintain a good beer flow. OVERPUMPING will create foam. Keep hose and faucet out of direct sunlight
PLEASE NOTE: If you have partially dispensed a keg using a party pump (air) you cannot use CO2
to finish dispensing it. When using a party pump, the keg must be finished the same day for best flavor.
Party Keg Pump Cleaning:
After each use, be sure be sure to clean your party pump with chemicals specifically manufactured for beer line cleaning.
The simple process takes only a few minutes and will assure trouble free operation when the party pump will next be used. This is easily accomplished by use of pressurized cleaning bottle
See our Party Pump operating and cleaning instructions
Not all brands of draft beer use the same type of valve in the keg. Each distinct "system" requires matching the appropriate keg coupler to the keg valve. In the US, there are eight different "systems" in use. These are:
- D System Most common system available in the US, also known as American Sankey. Used by all the major breweries and many micro-breweries. Used by breweries such as: Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Labatt and Molson.
- S System Many European breweries use this system, also known as European Sankey. Distinguished by it’s longer, narrower probe than the D System. Used by breweries such as: Heineken, Becks, and Amstel Light.
- A System Commonly referred to as the German Slider because it slides onto the valve face. Used by breweries such as: Spaten, Warsteiner, and Paulaner.
- M System Introduced to the U.S. market. Body is the same as the German Slider, but the probe configuration is unique. Used by breweries such as: Schneider, Aventinus, and Einbecker.
- G System This system gets its name from the English developer, Grundy. The valve face can be thought of as a circle with three sides cut off. Used by breweries such as: Bass, Boddingtion’s, Caffrey’s and Anchor Steam.
- U System This system takes its name from the English manufacturer UEC. Used by breweries such as: Guinness and Harp.
- Twin Probe This system is in limited use by some regional micro-breweries.
- Home Brew Ball lock fittings used for home brew tanks.
Visit our Beer Keg, Coupler, Pump Cross Reference List: "Cross Reference List."
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