This regulator adjustment guide will help you with those final steps in assuring that your kegerator provides you with the highest quality tasting beer by walking you step by step through the regulator adjustment process.
Here at Kegerator.com, we know everything there is to know about kegerators and draft beer dispensers. Because of this we tend to receive a lot of questions from people that are interested in buying or troubleshooting their kegerator. Here are the eighteen most frequently asked questions that we receive.
- What is a kegerator?
- What are the different types of kegerators?
- What are the different types of kegs?
- What parts are included with a kegerator?
- What size keg will fit in my kegerator?
- What kind of coupler do I need?
- What do I need to tap my keg?
- At what temperature should I store my keg?
- How long does a keg stay fresh?
- How many kegs can I tap on one CO2 tank?
- Can I use my kegerator outside?
- How long should I wait before using my kegerator?
- Is a kegerator freestanding or built-in?
- Can a freestanding kegerator be built in?
- Can I build my own kegerator?
- How do I troubleshoot my kegerator?
- How do I defrost my kegerator?
- How do I clean my kegerator?
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Due to a variety of beer styles and storage options for your keg, there’s no set answer to this question. Depending on who you ask or what site you read, the answer will range between 20-120 days.
There are many variables that can play a role in how quickly your kegged beer starts to alter in taste, but a general rule to keep in mind is that as soon as that keg is filled at the brewery, the “freshness clock” starts. As time goes by, your beer will slowly start to taste less and less fresh.
How Are You Dispensing Your Beer?
To give you a better idea of how long your keg will last, let’s take a look at the two most common scenarios that one would find themselves in when they tap a keg.
1. Using a Manual Pump:
Commonly found attached to the top of kegs at house parties and backyard cookouts, the manual pump — sometimes called a bronco pump or party pump — works by pumping air into the keg, pressurizing it so that it can dispense your beer. If you’ve ever poured a beer out of a keg, then you’re probably familiar with this kind of pump, as well as the problems that come along with it, such as over-pumping and excessively foamy beer.
Even a mild interest in homebrewing has a habit of growing into a full on passion for the hobby. Beer and ale enthusiasts turn to homebrewing to save money, craft their own unique drinks, and in general be a part of a practice that dates back to the earliest human civilizations. The excitement and enthusiasm associated with this hobby can cause newcomers to get a bit ahead of themselves.
Throughout the journey of learning to brew, everybody will make mistakes. It’s inevitable, and it happens to the best of us. That’s why learning as much as possible about homebrewing is essential for every beginner. Not just to ensure that you’re making the best tasting product, but so you don’t waste too much of your time and money along the way.
The following are some of the common mistakes that beginner homebrewers make. If you’ve done any of these, don’t worry… we all have. But, here’s what you need to know, so you know how to avoid them.
1. Too Much, Too Soon
Immediately trying to craft a difficult brew or aiming for a too large of a batch is a sure fire recipe for disaster for any homebrewing newcomers. Excited beginners, including myself, have a habit of setting their sights high. This is fine, but homebrewing is about fermentation after all — you have to let your skills age and develop too. That’s part of the fun. That’s where you learn the most about the craft.
Beginners should start with a simple recipe and plan for a small quantity. Try to plan ahead and know what brewing equipment you will need, before you discover mid-batch that you’re missing something. Don’t get in over your head too fast. You’ll have plenty of time to brew beer. Start slow, perfect the technique and then scale out accordingly. Patience is essential in this stage.
Question: Where can I buy a home kegerator?
So you’re ready to make the leap into the draft beer world. Congratulations! Chances are, there are probably a few places near you that sell full-size kegerators. Check out your local home improvement store, but don’t expect them to have any actually in stock. There might be a display model for you to look at, but they will probably have to place the order for you and then have the unit delivered to your home.
Also, don’t expect them to have a wide selection of kegerators available. At best, the home improvement store will have maybe 2 models. You’re better off shopping online for the best home kegerator. You’ll have a larger selection to browse, you’ll be able to read reviews and, depending on where you purchase from, you will be able to have your questions answered by a kegerator expert. Also, the kegerator won’t take any longer to arrive than it would if you ordered it at the home improvement store.
Your local homebrew shop, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is a great place to visit and ask questions about what kind of kegerator you should purchase, but they probably don’t sell any pre-built kegerators in store. If you want to build your own kegerator though, then you should be able to find kegerator parts there.
Here is some additional reading to help you get started with your kegerator shopping: