If you own a bar or restaurant then you already know how important the draft beer system is to the success of your business. When your dispensing system doesn’t work properly it can cost you a lot of customers and money.
Most dispensing problems come down to three things:
Issues with cleanliness.
A keg should be stored between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to prevent dispensing problems, that temperature must be maintained from the keg to the glass. If the temperature of beer is too warm, excessive foaming will occur. If beer temperature is too cold, its foamy head will disappear too quickly and the beer will lack flavor. Adding insult to injury, beer that is far too cold will appear hazy instead of clear.
Ideally, carbon dioxide pressure should be between 12 and 14 pounds. If your carbon dioxide levels are set too high, all you’ll get is cup after cup of foam. If carbon dioxide levels are set too low, your beer will be flat. Properly maintaining carbon dioxide levels is crucial to the draft beer system.
Faucets, beer lines and keg couplers must be cleaned on a regular basis in order to maintain optimum performance. When faucets are worn or dirty, draft beer becomes foamy and cloudy. This negatively affects the taste of the beer as well. Rough spots in beer lines encourage bubbles to form. Clean beer lines have fewer rough spots, ensuring that the carbon dioxide stays in the beer where it should.
The proper level of carbonation is crucial to a good pour. Although certain beer styles might require different levels of carbonation, the perfect pour is typically achieved at 2.55 to 2.65 volumes of dissolved carbon dioxide.
In order to keep the proper amount of carbon dioxide in draft beer you must be able to maintain the balance between the temperature of the beer and the pressure of the carbon dioxide. When dispensing equipment is properly installed, a certain amount of pressure is necessary to overcome the resistance from dispense lines and taps.
If you own a bar or restaurant it’s important to make your bar equipment a priority. Draft beer is up to 25% more profitable than bottled beer. Having a high quality, well-designed beverage system in place ensures a positive experience for customers, which keeps them coming back time and time again.
No matter how big or small your operation is, West Coast Beverage, Inc. can help. We have extensive experience with the design and installation of quality draft beer systems. We can recommend and provide you with the best equipment to fit your situation and needs.