Register Now!
The HomeBrew Forum > Beer Brewing Talk > General Beer Brewing Equipment Discussion > What tap is best for king keg?

Help Support The Homebrew Forum by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 23-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
mmaguy41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default What tap is best for king keg?

I have a king keg with standard drum tap but have heard that this type of tap produces alot of foam and can release too much gas. So if i was to replace the tap with an alternative what would you use? Just looking at my lhbs website i have seen a quickserve tap off an economy pressure barrel and a brewgas sparkler tap. Has anyone tried either of these with a king keg top tap? Are there any others that i could look into?

Thanks for the help guys
mmaguy41 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
TRXnMe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Newport, Gwent
Posts: 1,478
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

There was a suggestion, on another thread, to use the stem from a turkey baster on the drum tap to reduce the foaming problem, I've not tried it yet, but a couple of folk appeared to think it was a good idea.

I'm interested in the concept that they use too much gas, mainly because I thought that the gas could only expand as the beer came out the tap, with the foam being CO2 that was absorbed into the beer?
__________________
If beer is so bad for brain cells, why does my brain allow me to drink so much of it?

Current 'Stock'

Cherry Fuggles pale ale
Cascade Golden Ale
IPA
Most Peculiar
Ginger Beer
Cooper's Bitter with Fuggles twist

Pumpkin Wine
Damson Wine
Fiery ginger wine
Mead

The weather cooled down, so brewing fast to stock up for next summer!
TRXnMe is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
mmaguy41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

yeh ive read about that aswell, i was interested to see if anyone had experience using either a quickserve type tap or a sparkler/ dalex type tap. To see if its worth replacing it. I like the look of the sparkler tap but ive heard it can get clogged alot? Didnt think that would happen with a float system but i dont want to spend 15 quid on one if its going to get clogged
mmaguy41 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
evanvine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Twixt M1 Jcn27/28, Nottinghamshire
Posts: 939
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

I got fed up with turning the Drum tap off to the Nth degree to stop dripping.
I fitted a small ball valve and haven't looked back.
evanvine is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
mmaguy41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

Sorry to be stupid but im not sure what you mean, is that an adaption to the tap or a different type of tap?
mmaguy41 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
TRXnMe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Newport, Gwent
Posts: 1,478
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mmaguy41
Sorry to be stupid but im not sure what you mean, is that an adaption to the tap or a different type of tap?
A ball valve is a different type of tap.

The drum taps have a 'drum' that rises up and down in the hole, a ball valve has a ball with a hole though it, the ball is rotated 90 degrees to align the hole with the fluid, then back to turn the flow off.

Place I work for makes them, but too big to be any good for home brew
__________________
If beer is so bad for brain cells, why does my brain allow me to drink so much of it?

Current 'Stock'

Cherry Fuggles pale ale
Cascade Golden Ale
IPA
Most Peculiar
Ginger Beer
Cooper's Bitter with Fuggles twist

Pumpkin Wine
Damson Wine
Fiery ginger wine
Mead

The weather cooled down, so brewing fast to stock up for next summer!
TRXnMe is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 08:52 PM   #7
BIGJIM72
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sunny South East London
Posts: 856
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

Hampstead brewing supply a sparkler tap for KKs. They do the job & are much better than the bog standard drum tap.

http://www.hamstead-brewing-centre.co.uk/itm00577.htm

Leyland homebrew used to stock a dalex style tap designed for KKs, but they aren't cheap. Joe used to sell them separately from the keg-give him a call

http://www.leylandhomebrew.com/item1925.htm
BIGJIM72 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
Asalpaws
Senior Member
 
Asalpaws's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 729
Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

I tried replacing the drum tap, my brother describes it as a binary tap I.e it's either closed or fully open, spraying beer every where!

Tried to fit a budget barrel quick serve but there isn't much thread inside for the nut to grip. It initially seemed OK but as soon as any pressure builds it started to leak every where! Avoid.

Here's my solution, use one of these on the tap and it gives you enough leverage to modulate the flow. Can pour a decent pint that way.
Asalpaws is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #9
mmaguy41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 493
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

My lhbs sell the brewgas sparkler tap for about 15 quid, think i will try that option and see how it goes
mmaguy41 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 23-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #10
BIGJIM72
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sunny South East London
Posts: 856
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default Re: What tap is best for king keg?

I've got 2 of them,used them for a couple of brews.Well happy with them.They don't feel as sturdy as the dalex but they are head & shoulders above the drum taps. Much easier to take apart for cleaning as well.Had no issues with clogging so far & can pour a proper pint pretty much every time.
BIGJIM72 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Newest Threads