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Causes of Common Problems with Draft Beer Systems

Customers expect quality when they order a cold beer on tap: just the right amount of foam and a crisp, clean, refreshing taste. That’s why it’s so important to have a quality draft beer system in your establishment, but these can run into trouble from time to time. Most draft beer system issues have to do with the carbon dioxide pressure and the temperature in the tank—though user error is often largely at fault. Check the temperature and pressure settings when you run into trouble, make sure your glasses are “beer-clean” and that your pour is on point, and call professionals when you encounter system trouble.

  • Flat beer – This could mean that the temperature setting is too cold (it should stay around 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit) or that the carbon dioxide is not pressurized enough. Alternatively, it could have to do with an improper pour or an oily glass.
  • Foamy beer – Check to make sure that you’re opening up the tap all the way and that you’ve poured properly. If this is not the problem, pressure issues may be responsible, or the temperature of the beer may be too warm. Call a technician if the settings appears to be correct but the issue persists.
  • No beer – If there is no beer at all but your system appears to be running properly, it may be time to call for professional repairs. Of course, you should also check to make sure that everything is properly connected—and that the keg is not empty.
  • Poor taste or appearance – When is the last time you cleaned the beer lines? Ideally, you or your distributor should clean the beer line about once a week, though three weeks is acceptable (and nightly is optimal), and anytime you replace a keg. If you’re not sure how to do this, call our team, though purchasing the equipment for this is not too costly. Of course, you should also check to make sure that the keg is within its expiration date, and that you do not use a keg for more than 3 weeks.

Atlantic Refrigeration can answer all of your questions about draft beer systems in Dover, DE and provide professional installation, service, or replacement so that your business runs smoothly. Give us a call!

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