Everyone loves a good draft beer. When done right, draft beer can be extremely profitable for restaurants and bars. Regular beverage system maintenance helps keep your draft beer equipment in top running order, ensuring that it’s always ready when you need it to be.
A properly maintained draft beer system produces glass after glass of quality draft beer. There are many things that can go wrong when your beverage system isn’t kept in good working order. Common problems include over or under-carbonated beer, temperature problems, foaming, unusual taste or color, cloudy beer and black flakes or slimy deposits in beer.
Improper beverage system maintenance costs you money and customers
Carbonation problems are usually the result of incorrect temperature. Draft beer that is too cold holds onto its carbonation and has little to no head or taste. Consuming beer that is too cold creates a bloated feeling for the drinker, making them feel full faster. Beer that is too warm has the opposite problem. Warm beer releases too much carbonation, leading to foaming and significant profit loss.
If your draft beer tastes or looks different than it should, then you might need to clean the lines and maintain the faucets. This is especially true if you see black flakes or slimy deposits floating in a freshly poured beer. While not dangerous, these types of deposits will probably make your customers run for the hills. If your beer appears darker than it should or if it’s cloudy then your keg might have gotten too warm during storage.
If the first few pours of the day are all foam but the problem resolves itself later, then your
pressure and temperature are not staying consistent. During the day, the temperature of your beer rises as you use your beverage system. After business hours, the beer dissolves more CO2 at night as the temperature drops but the pressure stays the same. A quality draft beer system should stay consistent both day and night.
A properly maintained draft beer system increases bartender accuracy as well as profitability
Your best defense against beverage system problems is to make sure that your draft beer equipment is in good working order and is properly maintained. West Coast Beverage, Inc. can help! We create and maintain quality beverage systems for businesses both large and small.