What Equipment Do I Need to Set Up a Keg?

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What Equipment Do I Need to Set Up a Keg?

Just about everyone gets excited when they see a keg of beer – but without the right equipment, even a 15.5-gallon keg of your favorite brew is useless to you. In fact, if you've never worked with kegs or gotten keg delivery before, the process of how beer gets from keg to glass may be entirely mystical to you. At King Keg, we've been supplying keg delivery to Los Angeles and greater California for more than 20 years, so we want to shed some light on the equipment necessary to set up a keg.

Just about everyone gets excited when they see a keg of beer – but without the right equipment, even a 15.5-gallon keg of your favorite brew is useless to you. In fact, if you've never worked with kegs or gotten keg delivery before, the process of how beer gets from keg to glass may be entirely mystical to you. At King Keg, we've been supplying keg delivery to Los Angeles and greater California for more than 20 years, so we want to shed some light on the equipment necessary to set up a keg.

What Do I Need to Tap a Keg?

If you're looking to start things popping off with a keg, you'll need more than just the silver barrel. In fact, it takes several pieces of equipment to tap and set up a keg properly. Curious? Here's everything you'll need.

  • Keg: First and foremost, you'll need a keg. Most kegs contain beer, but we also sell and deliver kegs of wine, cocktails, coffee, nitro cold brew, kombucha, cold pressed juice, and tea – and all the same principles apply no matter the substance.
  • Coupler: Every keg comes with a valve on the top, which allows gas to flow into the keg and push the beer out through the valve. However, to use the valve, you need something called a coupler. This device attaches to the valve and allows for the proper flow of beer and gas.
    Gas or Hand Pump: While you may have only seen a traditional "party pump" used to tap a keg, the pros use compressed CO2 for a good reason. Hand pumps rely on air, which can oxidize and spoil the beer. Compressed CO2 allows for a smoother, less frothy pour and preserves the beer that's still in the keg. While CO2 is the best way to enjoy a keg long term like at home or in an office. Hand pumps also work well if you’re using a keg for a day and you don’t need to preserve your kegs contents.
  • Tubes: After leaving the coupler, your drink will travel through flexible plastic tubing – and there's only one more step before reaching your glass.
  • Faucet: Finally, you'll need a faucet, or tap, if you’re using CO2 to get the beer into your glass. We offer a variety of taps, Jockey Boxes, kegerators, and Lynrds, with different faucet configurations to suit your needs. If you decide to go with a hand pump however, you’re good to go! Hand pumps include everything you need to enjoy a pint, including a faucet. Just pump, pour, and enjoy!

Get a Keg Tap Rental in Los Angeles

Now you know everything you need to tap and operate a keg properly, but if you want to make the process a little easier on yourself, we can help. At King Keg, we offer full keg equipment rentals, making it easy to rent everything you need for a keg all in one place. We deliver all your keg equipment wherever you are in Los Angeles, and better yet, one of our beer technicians will install everything and get it set up for you on location – so all you have to focus on is having a good time. Want to rent a keg for your next event or party? Contact us today!

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