A draught system is used to pour kegged beer, cider, cocktails or cold-brew coffee. The six main components of a draught system are:
- Coupler: Attaches the keg to the tubing
- Gas: co2 or beer gas, which is used to push beer from the keg through the beer line to the faucet.
- Tubing: Connects the coupler to gas and the faucet
A kegerator is a fridge with a draught tower attached to it. Beer in the fridge is hooked up to taps on top of the fridge. Kegerators come in three common sizes:
- Single door: four 20-litre kegs, two 30-litres kegs, or one 50-litre keg.
- Double door: eight 20-litre kegs, six 30-litres kegs, or two 50-litre kegs.
- Three door: twelve 20-litre kegs, ten 30-litres kegs, or four 50-litre kegs.
A long-draw is a draught system in which the fridge and tower are far apart. We use a glycol chiller to keep the beer in the lines cold between pours.
The answer depends on what type of system you use and what style beer you want to pour.
If you’re using a kegerator and pouring most ales or lagers, you can use co2. If you use a kegerator and want to pour a stout, we recommend using a 50/50 blend of co2 and nitrogen.
If you’re using a long-draw system and pouring most ales and lagers, we recommend using beer gas, which is a 50/50 blend of co2 and nitrogen. If your taps are more than 150 feet from your fridge, we recommend using stout gas, which is a 70/30 blend of nitro and co2.
Still not sure? Give us a call and we’ll help you find the right gas.
That really depends on the size of your system and how much beer you pour. If you contact us with the details of your system, we can estimate your potential gas usage. If you think your gas consumption has increased without selling more beer, contact us for a check-up on your system.
We rent jockey boxes, which are portable systems (the size of a large cooler) you can easily move in and out of your location for special event dispensing. Simply fill the cooler with ice and water, and you’re ready to pour. We even supply the co2.
In Nova Scotia, breweries, cideries and distilleries pay to clean their lines in commercial establishments.
For office and residential customers, we can generally clean and service a kegerator in an hour, so we simply charge our hourly rate of $85. If we think your job will take longer, we’ll let you know before our technician starts working.
If you’re beer is cold and pouring properly with no foam, you can generally pour the following out of each size keg:
- 20 litre = 55 x 12 oz pours
- 30 litre = 86 x 12 oz pours
- 50 litre = 140 x 12 oz pours
When we think of draught systems, our minds often jump to the world of beer. However, “beer gas,” refers to a 50-50 mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Different applications require different gas.
Draught systems dispense not only beer but also other carbonated beverages like cider, soda, and sparkling wine.
Its composition typically includes a mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2) gases. This combination ensures the proper carbonation, preservation, and dispensing of these refreshing drinks.
So, the next time you enjoy a perfectly carbonated beverage from a draught system, remember that it’s the versatile draught gas behind the scenes, making it possible to savor a wide range of effervescent drinks beyond just beer.