Kegs Inter-mixing in a Series in Absence of a Keg Switcher

Kegs Inter-mixing in a Series in Absence of a Keg Switcher

Any beer enthusiast will know the importance of drinking from the right keg. No two kegs are ever the same, and as such it is not ideal for one keg to become mixed with another. There are various factors that contribute to the flavor and taste of an individual keg. Getting kegs mixed up would corrupt these individual kegs. This seems like a straight forward concept; However without a keg switcher to switch from one keg to another when there is need to, it becomes quite complicated. There are instances of intermixing or drawing from the wrong keg that can occur in the absence of a keg switcher. Carbon dioxide can also be added during drawing, when a keg switcher is not used properly. This article will describe instances of intermixing in when a keg switcher is not used.

Using a keg switcher
A keg switcher facilitates for multiple kegs to be individually dispensed at the same time. This is ultimately done without the contents of different kegs actually coming into contact with one another. The flow is also maintained throughout the process. This logical flow is perfect.

In the Absence of a keg switcher
When a keg switcher is not used, a series hook-up becomes the alternative. A series hook up is set up to draw beer from kegs in a series, starting with the one that is closest to the tap. When that one gets lower, the series switches to the next keg. During this switch, carbon dioxide will usually get into the keg flow, which is not a desirable effect. To avoid this, a carbon dioxide regulators can be connected to the system. This is not always 100% effective, it is common to have some carbon dioxide escape this system of emission. When the first keg in the series becomes low, the second keg begins to be drawn from, which as mentioned above is not desirable. Intermixing means that kegs may become diluted, or that fresh kegs may become compromised by the older ones.

Error in the absence of a keg switcher
To be able to understand the errors that a keg switcher deals with, you need to understand how it works step by step. A keg switcher allows multiple kegs to be connected to one tap. When this is done, each keg’s gauge is also filled. When the tap is opened, the beer is poured in from the first keg. The beer in the gauge, will only be tapped into when its keg becomes empty. Only after the keg gauge is empty does the keg switcher switch to the next keg. This same process is carried out with the rest of the kegs until the kegs are emptied. Firstly, the inter-mix error is curbed. Secondly, the closed circuit way means that there is no carbon dioxide coming into the mix.
A key switcher is a must have apparatus in the Keg business. Not having to manually change the kegs will save time and money. In addition, less beer is spilled.