How to fix a beer tap

Written by cameron easey
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Beer taps installed in a home bar or on a keg usually function properly but can have problems from time to time. To fix a problem with your beer tap, it is important to determine what type of problem is occurring. Beer that comes out too slowly or drains from the lines when pouring a glass can indicate a problem with the line.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wrench

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Instructions

    Slow-pouring Beer

  1. 1

    Check for kinks in the supply line from the keg to the faucet. If the supply line has not been properly secured, it can get twisted during regular use.

  2. 2

    Undo any kinks that you find in the supply line, then see if the beer is still pouring slowly.

  3. 3

    Adjust the PSI setting of the CO2 to increase the flow of beer by turning the knob on the regulator.

  4. 4

    Turn the knob on the regulator to the right to increase the pressure of the CO2. The optimal setting for the regulator on the CO2 is between 13 to 18 PSI.

  5. 5

    Replace the CO2 container if the PSI pressure does not increase or begins to fall. A 2.27kg. CO2 tank can be used with five kegs before it needs to be changed.

    Beer Draining from the Line

  1. 1

    Locate the faucet collar nut and see if it is loose.

  2. 2

    Tighten the faucet collar nut with a wrench.

  3. 3

    Test the faucet by pouring another beer to make sure the line no longer drains.

Tips and warnings

  • PSI stands for "pounds per square inch."
  • CO2 stands for carbon dioxide.
  • Tightening the faucet collar nut too much can cause the threads on the nut to become stripped.

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