The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather to reconnect and share precious moments. This can also be a time when you get to show-off your beer-making skills. If you have taken the time and effort to store your beer in kegs, you will need a system in place to dispense it through the taps and into the glasses. This is where a CO2 system comes in handy – the gas forces the beer out of the keg and into your glass. Here is how you can build your own CO2 system.
Equipment You Will Need from places like Terry Supply Co:
A refrigeration unit is needed to keep your beer cold. An old refrigerator works fine if you don’t want to spend the money on a new unit. You will need to drill a hole in the door to connect your tap to the beer lines inside the refrigerator – avoid drilling into the sides of the refrigerator as you could release the coolant keeping the refrigerator cold. Use a sheet metal bit to open a hole just big enough to slide your tap line through it.
Vinyl tubing is needed to supply CO2 to the keg and to move the beer from the keg to the tap. You will want to purchase tubing that is designed for use with beer such as thermoplastic vinyl tubing that has been approved for use in breweries to keep your beer fresh and tasting good.
A CO2 tank is needed to store the gas that helps keep your beer fresh, and to provide the pressure to move your beer from the keg to the tap. A pressure regulator is screwed on to the tank to regulate CO2 usage.
A double-gauge regulator allows you to monitor the amount of CO2 pressure is entering the keg – which affects how well the beer pours out of the tap. The pressure should be set to between 10 and 13 psi to pour a good glass of beer. The vinyl tubing runs from the CO2 tank to the tap disconnect on top of the keg, and another line runs from the tap disconnect to the tap you’ve placed on the door. The tubing is held into place with hose clamps.
All you have to do at this point is open the CO2 valve to get pressure moving into the tank so you can pour you and your guests a nice glass of beer while sitting around making new memories during the holiday season.