How to Tap a Keg

Insert tap Step 1: Insert the tap into the opening at the top of the keg.
Line up notches on keg tap Step 2: Make sure the notches are lined up and push the tap in. DO NOT lower the lever!
Turning the tap Step 3: Turn the tap clockwise until it locks while keeping the lever up.
Pressing the tap lever Step 4: Once the tap has seated properly, press down the levers to open the keg up.
Draw the beer Step 5: Then draw the beer.

Tips When Tapping a Keg

  • You tap a commercial style keg by using a keg coupler. You will need to purchase the correct coupler to match the brand of beer keg you have. You can refer to our coupler valve comparison chart to find which coupler is right for you.
  • Do not agitate the keg. If there has been excessive agitation during transportation, allow the keg to settle for 1 to 2 hours before tapping.
  • Make sure the beer faucet is in the off position (pushed back) prior to tapping.
  • Remove the plastic dust cover from the beer keg.
  • Make sure that the keg coupler handle is in the up (off) position.
  • Align the tabs on the keg coupler with slots on the keg; insert the keg coupler.
  • Turn the keg coupler handle 1/4 turn clockwise; the coupler is now secured to keg.
  • Pull out on the coupler handle and push down; release the handle and it will lock into place. The keg is now tapped.
  • Tapping the keg properly will activate both the beer and the CO2 pressure line. The keg will be ready to draw beer.