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Kegging and Beer Taps A keg used to be made of a wooden barrel to contain beer, but, nowadays, it is now constructed of either aluminum or stainless steel to store and serve beer under a pressurized condition. When beer is stored in either an aluminum or stainless steel keg, this process is known as kegging, and other parts in the process are also used, such as: a carbon dioxide gas tank, pressure regulator and two hoses, one hose feeds carbon dioxide gas into the keg inlet and the other hose brings the beer from the keg to the beer tap. The first step before filling the keg is to clean it first and, afterwards, pressurize the keg using the carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide gas tank and check for leaks using a small amount of soap water dab around the hose fittings and valves, and then sterilize the keg using a safe agent, iodophor. By siphoning beer from your homebrew fermenter, fill the siphoned beer into the keg, being careful not to splash or aerate the beer. As soon as the keg is full of the beer, pressure it using the carbon dioxide tank and purge any remaining air in the keg by displacing it with carbon dioxide, then release the air using the release valve at the top of the keg, repeating this 4-6 times to ensure that all of the air is out and replaced by carbon dioxide. When all of the air is released and the keg has been fully pressurized with carbon dioxide, you can store the beer for several months for as long as the keg has no leaks. Kegs should be stored under pressure and refrigeration to carbonate properly and to calculate the carbonation pressure needed, put a thermometer inside the refrigerator, leave it for a few hours, and the temperature reading will be your carbonation temperature, and by using a carbonation calculator, enter the volume of carbon dioxide desired, about 2.4, and also the refrigerator temperature and volume of beer, and the carbonation calculator will determine the carbon dioxide pressure needed to carbonate the beer. Now that the desired carbon dioxide pressure is determined, adjust the amount of pressure from the carbon dioxide gas tank, then allow the keg to carbonate until it reaches full carbonation within a week. Choosing the right beer tap is critical because the keg is pressurized, such that the beer tap must be able to seal well and control the flow of beer. The most common and popularly used beer taps, which are available in the market today, are the following: the pressure dispense bar taps, which is the most popularly used in homes and bars, and the portable picnic taps, which is a small, inexpensive plastic taps used with a hand pump.On Beers: My Rationale Explained

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