20 Facts About Keg Tap Handles

Keg tap handles are an essential part of any keg setup, and thre are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for your needs. The first is the material – plastic, metal, or wood – which will affect both the look and feel of your tap handle. Second is the design – there are many different styles available, so choose one that fits your personality or theme. And finally, consider the size – make sure it's comfortable to hold and use, and that it won't get in the way of other taps or equipment. With these factors in mind, you'll be sure to find the perfect keg tap handle for your home or business.

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Are Keg Tap Handles Universal?

Yes, keg tap handles are universal in the United States. This is because all faucet handles and faucets produced in the U.S., even if made by different manufacturers, have the same 3/8″-16 UNC threads.

What Are Beer Tap Handles Called?

A tap handle is a small lever that is attached to the side of a beer tap. This lever is used to open and close the tap, which allows beer to flow into a glass. The handle is usually made of metal or plastic, and is either screwed into the tap or held in place with a set screw.

Are All Tap Handles Universal?

Most tap handles are not universal, as they come in different shapes and sizes displaying their brewery's logo. However, the black tap handle is a common tap handle that can be found just about anywhere and works on most beer faucets.

Are There Different Size Taps For Kegs?

Yes, there are different size taps for kegs. The most prominent size is 3″, but other sizes including 2 1/2″ and 4″ are available. Different size taps are needed becuse of the different diameters of the kegs' necks.

Are All Beer Tap Handles The Same Size?

Standard tap handles typically measure between 9-13” tall and no more than 3” wide and/or deep. Short tap handles, also known as shotgun tap handles, range between 4-6” tall and no more than 3” wide. However, thee is no set standard size for beer tap handles, so you may find some that are larger or smaller than these dimensions.

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What Is A Keg Coupler?

A keg coupler is a device that is used to connect the air line (CO2 or Nitrogen tank) to the beer line in a draft system. This allows for the proper flow of beer from the keg into the glass. The keg coupler is also responsible for usig the compressed air from the CO2 or nitrogen tank to push the beer out of the draft system.

What Are The Different Types Of Beer Taps?

There are thee main types of beer taps: Standard, European, and (Nitrogen).

Standard taps are the most common type of tap, and they work by using air pressure to push beer through the tap and into your glass. European taps work in a similar way, but they use a spring-loaded mechanism to push beer through the tap, which allows for a smoother pour. Stout (Nitrogen) taps are designed to dispense nitrogenated beer, and they use a special gas blend to push the beer through the tap. This results in a creamy, smooth pour that is perfect for stouts and other dark beers.

Can You Replace Tap Handles?

Yes, in most cases you can replace tap handles as long as the stem beneath the handle is compatible. You may be able to use handles of a different style because the stem is what neds to be compatible.

Can I Just Replace Faucet Handles?

Yes, you can replace faucet handles yourself as long as you have the proper tools. You will need a wrench to loosen the old handles and a screwdriver to remove them. Then, use pliers to remove the retaining nuts before putting on the new handles. Be sure to tighten everything back up securely before using the faucet again.

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What Size Are Beer Tap Threads?

The size of beer tap threads can vary, but the most common size is 3/8″-16 UNC (United States) or M10×1.5mm (everywhere else).

Do All Taps Fit All Kegs?

The simple answer is no, all taps do not fit all kegs. The reason for this is that different kegs are designed for different types of beer. For example, a keg of American beer will have a different threading pattern than a keg of German beer. This means that you need to have the correct tap for the specific type of keg that you are using. There are many different types of taps available on the market, so it is important to do your research before making a purchase.

Are All Keg Couplers The Same?

No, all keg couplers are not the same. The most common keg coupler in the United States is the “D” System Sankey, but there are also European “S” System Slider and “U” System DIN (also called a “G”) couplers. Each coupler is designed to fit a specific valve on a beer keg, so it's important to know which one you need before tapping a keg.

How Tall Should A Tap Handle Be?

The height of a tap handle sould be 10-12″ tall. This allows for easy use in a busy bar setting. Tap handles that are too short can be difficult to grip and may require two hands to operate. Tap handles that are too tall may require the bartender to stoop down in order to pour the drink, which can be inconvenient.

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How Do You Mount A Beer Tap Handle?

To mount a beer tap handle, first screw it onto the beer faucet lever clockwise until it is hand tight. Then use the adjusting knob on the beer faucet lever to align the handle to your desired position.

What Is The Top Of A Keg Called?

The top of a keg is called the chime. The chime has integrated handles for easy handling.

What Is A Keg Shank?

A keg shank is a metal rod that protrudes from the top or side of a keg. It is used to connect the keg to a draft system. The shank has a threaded portion that screws into the keg, and a barbed portion that connects to the beer line.

What Type Of Keg Do I Have?

The stamp on the keg indicates that it is a 1/6 barrel, also known as a torpedo keg. It is a non-pressurized container used for carbonated beverages. It is made of stainless steel and has two handles on the side for easy carrying.

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Is It Cheaper To Get A Keg Or Cases Of Beer?

A keg is a much more efficient way to buy and store beer. You can save approximately 40-60% in costs by buying a kegerator, compared to buying the same volume of beer in cans or bottles.

How Long Is A Keg Good For?

A keg of beer can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. The shelf life of a keg of pasteurized beer is about 90-120 days, while unpasteurized beer will last about 45-60 days. The main factor that determines how long a keg will last is the temperature at which it is stored.

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Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.