Keg Cooler

Keg Cooler Maintenance

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Don’t wait until your Keg Cooler breaks down to realize that you are not properly maintaining this expensive equipment. Like everything in your commercial kitchen, well-maintained equipment will outlast those that have been neglected, saving you money in the long and short run.

Cleaning Bar System… Clean draught dispensers every 2 weeks using cleaners provided by your beer provider and follow their cleaning instructions. A poorly cleaned bar system can lead to a less satisfying draft taste and look.

Cleaning Condenser Coil… Since condensers accumulate dirt, they need to be cleaned every 30 days or your warranty will become void. Use a soft brush or vcume the condenser with a Shop-Vac or pressurized air to remove dirt, grease, and lint. To avoid injury eye protection is recommended.

Prevent Rust on Stainless Steel Units… Never use abrasive pads, hydrochloric acid or chlorinated cleaners to clean stainless steel components. Many manufacturers recommend that you use soap, ammonia, or any good commercial detergent to remove grease, oil, and routine cleaning.  Clean along polish lines using a plastic scouring pad or soft cloth. Always rinse and allow to air dry so that oxygen to maintain the passivity film.

Clean Door Gaskets… Ensure a proper sealing when you close the Keg Coolers door to prevent spoiling. Wipe door gaskets daily and remove any debris or spills.

Clean Faucet…. This should be done weekly. Remove the faucet from the shank and clean with hot water and detergent. Rinse and reinstall.

Purge Tap Lines…  To prevent beer from backing up into hose and regulator, purge the CO2 line before tapping a new barrel. To do this, quickly open and close the regulator outlet valve to allow a surge of gas to travel through the line and tap.

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Guinness-Chocolate Cake

While delicious and tasty as a beverage, Draft Beer is not just for drinking! For all your chooclate loving customers, take your restaurants standard chocolate cake to the next level by adding Guinness.

Guinness-Chocolate Cake (makes 12 generous slices)

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Guinness, from tap
  • 1/2 C Butter, cubed
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 3/4 C Baking Cocoa
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 C Sour Cream
  • 3t  Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C  All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2t  Baking Soda
  • 8oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 C Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1/2 C Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9-in. Spring Form Pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of pan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth. Remove cake from pan and place on a platter. Ice top of cake so that it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers.

How to Tap a Keg

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Now that you’ve purchased your awesome Keg Cooler and selected the finest draft beers, it’s time to get those kegs hooked up and ready to make you some money. Below are step by step directions to install a keg. Instructions may vary slightly by manufacturer so please refer to your Owners Manual for assistance.

1. Connect line from the pressure source to lap nipple with a clamp. Using a coupling washer, connect beer line to thread on probe. Holding flats on probe with wrench tighten wing nut or hex nut on beer house.

2. Align tap with lugs on barrel, insert tap.

3. Turn tap body handle, 1/4 turn clockwise until tight to secure tap to barrel. Turn on pressure regulator.

4. Rotate wheel handle 1/4  turn clockwise. Make sure handle is turned as far as it will go to stop to ensure that the beer and gas ports in the keg down tube will be fully opened.

If you have any questions feel free to post below and we’ll respond!

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Troubleshooting Problems with Your Keg Cooler

A Keg Cooler will be a highly used product in your restaurant or bar, especially if your place becomes known for serving perfectly poured beer. The last thing you want is for

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problems with the Keg Cooler to hinder sales on busy nights. Below you’ll find a list of common problems that occur with Keg Coolers and how to quickly troubleshoot those issues.

Unit Is Noisy….

  1. Loose mounting or parts— Find loose bolts or pieces and tighten.
  2. Weak floor or leveling feet are not set correctly- Adjust feet or reinforce the floor so that the unit is level back to front and side to side.
  3. The backside of unit is too close to wall— Move unit at least 3″ away from1 wall.
  4. Tube rattling— Reform to be free of contact
  5. Bent fan blade is causing vibrations— Replace fan blade
  6. Fan motor bearings are worn— Replace Motor

Compressor will not start….

  1. Line cord not plugged in— Plug in cord.
  2. Fuse removed or blown— Replace fuse.
  3. Temperature control stuck in open position— Repair or replace temp control.
  4. Wiring improper or loose— Check wiring against Owner’s Manual diagram.

Unit operates continuously….

  1. Dirty condenser— Clean condenser
  2. Shortage of refrigerant— If there is a leak, repair it. Then add correct amount of charge.
  3. Temp control contacts stuck or frozen— Replace temp control.
  4. Evaporator coil iced— Defrost coil.
  5. Restriction in refrigeration system— Determine source of restriction and remove.

Unit is Freezing Products….

  1. Thermostat is set too cold— Turn temperature dial to a warmer setting

 

We hope these tips are helpful however if you require further assistance, we encourage to call our experienced Parts Department 1-800-828-8564

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Keg Cooler Accessories

Keg Coolers make any restaurant or bar complete. Not only will you will save money with a beer dispensing machine as opposed to serving bottled beer, Keg Coolers also allow you to have a more diverse selection of beers. Like with any other heavy duty equipment in your kitchen, there are several accessories that will optimize its function.

Advance Tabco KR-93-X 10 Keg Storage Rack

Keg Storage Rack… You definitely want to stock extra kegs so that you do not run out on a busy Saturday night. Open shelving storage racks will keep your kegs easily accessibly anytime you or your crew needs to switch them out. Select from 4-10 keg capacity racks. We love the Advance Tabco 10-Keg Storage Rack which can easily hold up to ten kegs with its 1200 lbs. load capacity per shelf.

 

 

 

 

Bar Maid Keg Cart

Keg Cart… Kegs are heavy. Really heavy. If your workers drop a keg or hurt themselves trying to carry a keg across your establishment it could lead to expensive repercussions. A Keg Cart or Dolly can help avoid this problem. Made of 3/4″ steel, with an ergonomic handle, and a kick stand to keep your kegs stable this accessory is definitely a necessity if you’ll be serving draft beer.

 

 

 

Beverage-Air 164 Mug Glass Chiller

Glass Chillers… Never pour draft beer into a warm cup. Mugs should be ice cold (many of your customers will even expect to be served in a frosty beer mug). After washing mugs, place them in your glass chiller. To give your mug a head start in the chilling process, do not dry mugs after rinsing. Professional frosters take mugs and other glasses to sub-zero temperatures in a matter of seconds, providing an even layer of frost anytime you want it. There is one exception to serving beer in chilled mugs: Avoid serving dark, heavy beers such as stouts in frosted mugs, because these beers need to be slightly warmer to release their full flavor.

 

 

Beer Tap Cap

Beer Tap Cap… Don’t let your Keg taps become dirty and unsanitary. Beer Tap Caps are a sanitary solution for Keg Cooler taps. They help control yeast and bacterial build up inside draft taps, prevent beer taps from sticking, as well as keep pesky fruit flies away from taps.

 

 

 


Anchor Hocking 12oz Beer Mugs

Beer Mugs… You’ve got your keg, Keg Cooler, and all of the essential accessories, but you’re missing one thing- Beer Mugs! The great thing about beer mugs is that they come in plenty of different designs, sizes and made from either glass or plastic. Personally we’re big fans of Anchor Hocking’s 12oz Beer Mugs. Made from glass, with a classic design, these mugs are made to last and fit in with any restaurant design.

 

 

 

Bar Maid Electric Upright Glass Washer

Upright Glass Washers… With all those beer mugs, you’ll benefit from the assistance of an Upright Glass Washer. Available in manual or electric and as a submersible or non-submersible unit, Glass Washers are perfect for thoroughly and quickly cleaning mugs in a bar sink without having to run them through the dishwasher.  Equipped with durable washing brushes and stainless steel construction, these automatic cleaning tools are perfect for packed establishments that don’t want to waste extra time and effort manually washing and rinsing each and every glass. Now, bartenders will always have beer mugs won hand for those busy Saturday nights.

 

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How to Determine What Size Keg Cooler You’ll Need

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When it comes to commercial beer dispensing, kegs are not one size fits all. There are several things to note when determining what size Keg Cooler your establishment will require.

  • Availability of each size of keg will vary by brand of beer and location.
  • Talk to your beer supplier to find out which brands are available for immediate pick-up, and which need to be special ordered, and in which size keg those particular brands are available.
  • Approximate Keg Diameters:
    • 1/6 Keg= 9-18″
    • 1/4 Slim Keg= 12″
    • 1/4 Standard Keg= 16-17″
    • 1/2 Keg= 16-17″
  • Once you determine what size kegs you will need, then you should shop for the proper size Keg Cooler.
  • Keg Box Capacities:
    • True 1-Keg Capacity will hold….  1 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 2 x 1/6 Keg and 1 x 1/4 Slim Keg; or combination of 4 x 1/6 Kegs
    • True 2-Keg Capacity will hold…. 2 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 2 x Standard or 1/2 Kegs and 2 x 1/6 Kegs
    • True 3-Keg Capacity will hold… 3 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 3 x Standard or 1/2 Kegs and 2 x 1/6 Kegs
We understand that Keg Coolers can be a confusing piece of equipment to purchase, so we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions 1-800-828-8564 or sales@basequipment.com
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How a Kegger Changed the Course of History

1773– The Boston Tea Party was started because of a beer shortage. When the British Government told the colonists to just drink tea, the colonists were inflamed! Rumor had it there was more beer coming on a British trade ship, so the colonists planned to steal the ships cargo. Upon opening the crates, it was discovered that the shipment was tea- not beer. This caused massive rioting and acts of debauchery in which all the tea was thrown into the Boston Harbor.

1914– War breaks loose in Europe after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. At a kegger in Serbia, the Archduke declared the superiority of German beer. Angered by this statement, Gavrilo Princip, a lover of fine Stout, assassinated him, thus beginning World War I. Germany entered the war to prove that they produced the best quality beer. Yes my friends, WWI started from an argument about which country makes the best beer.

1972–  Watergate had nothing to do with Nixon trying to get the dirt on his rivals. Oh contrare! In actuality, the  Scandal had more to do with Nixon’s cronies stealing kegs of Pabst Blue Ribbon, than stealing confidential documents. They would have gotten away with it, too had they just shared the loot with Deep Throat.

1980– The Soviet Union Hockey Team of 1980 lost “The Miracle on Ice” because of a wild keg party the night before the big game.


2006– After a wild keg party, Mel Gibson does something stupid- well actually a lot of somethings. And as they say… “The rest is history”

Well we hope you had a few chuckles with today’s blog!~ Courtesy of Kevin Waugh

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Keg Coolers are Energy Star Products

Energy Star

Everyone is trying to save money, while at the same time working to improve our world. That’s why many manufacturers are working hard to ensure that their products are energy efficient. ENERGY STAR labeled commercial refrigerators and freezers are more energy efficient because they are designed with components such as ECM evaporator and condenser fan motors, hot gas anti-sweat heaters, or high-efficiency compressors, which will significantly reduce energy consumption and utility bills. Compared to standard models, ENERGY STAR labeled commercial refrigerators and freezers can lead to energy savings of as much as 35 percent with a 1.3 year payback. For more information on ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Equipment, visit http://www.energystar.gov

 

Here is a list of Energy Star rated Beer Dispensers:

Turbo Air:

Beverage-Air

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Keg Cooler Buying Guide

If you are serving alcohol at your establishment, then you definitely need a Keg Cooler. Check out our website and you’ll find dozens of Keg Coolers, each with a different numbers of taps, made out of  a variety of material, and with different options. This post will help you determine the best Keg Cooler  for your business.

Where will you store the keg? If you own an establishment with an outdoor bar area or if you have less than 6 beers on tap, we suggest a Direct Draw Keg Cooler. This type of Keg Cooler allows you to dispense beer at the bar from a unit located under the counter. If your establishment will offer patrons dozens of different kinds of beer, then you will need to install a Walk-In Cooler to dispense the beer.

What size Keg Cooler will I need? This depends on what size kegs you will be using. There are 3 common types of kegs in the US: Half Barrel, Quarter Barrel, and Mini Keg. The easiest way to see if the keg will fit in your Keg Cooler is to measure the keg itself. A Half-Barrel Keg has a diameter of  16 -17” and will fit in just about every Commercial Keg Cooler available. Double and Triple Keg Coolers will hold 2 an 3 kegs respectively.

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What is a Club Top Keg Cooler? These are really neat! Not only does the unit consist of a Keg dispensing system, it also includes an easy to reach-in storage area beneath a slide top where you can store chilled glasses, and beverages.

Does the CO2 cartridge come with the Keg Cooler? No. This needs to be purchased separately from your beer distributor.

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What is a Keg Cooler?

I think we can both agree that if a customer receives a beer at room temperature, they’re not going to be too happy.  While you can easily store beer bottles and cans in a standard refrigerator, it’s not that easy when it comes to serving up chilled drafts of beer. Make sure your

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customers beers are always ice cold by using a Keg Cooler.

A Keg Cooler, better known as a Kegerator or Beer Cooler is a draft beer dispensing device that dispenses beer that was stored in a keg. While a keg can be tapped without a Keg Cooler, the major benefit of using one, is it keeps the beer chilled and fresh while providing the signature foamy head which is ubiquitously equated with a well tapped draft beer.

Regardless of shape or size, all Kegerators essentially have the same basic components:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) cylinder
  • Carbon dioxide regulator
  • Coupler
  • Tubing (special carbon dioxide tubing as well as line for the beer)
  • Keg
  • Faucet
  • Refrigerator
Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’ll teach you how to select the right size Keg Cooler for your business.

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