There are times when a delivery man sets a number of kegs on the gas line in either the basement or the rooftop and one of them breaks a tap. There also may be times when a connector proves that it is out of the service period when it blows of a gasket in the most unknowing time.
How do you understand that the keg is airtight?
Have you ever faced a situation where there is a leg, which is nearly full; however there is no beer gas to push the keg when you require it. Can this problem be resolved? There are various ways in which you can serve beer from a keg without gas. The solution is that you need a proper working system, which has clean lines, a good connector and of course abundant cellar gas so that there is no gas system breakage. If the keg was pressurized and most of the gas has been used up then you can also finish pouring some beer out of the keg without the need for more gas. By this way you would prove that there was no broken connection and the keg is airtight as well.
A situation when the keg has never been connected to a gas
In case there is a situation when the keg has never been connected to a gas or a connection has been broken and it has thus released some pressurized gas before it got disconnected, there are other options as well. There is abundant CO2 gas in the beer bottle itself and the keg can be shaken really energetically. This will help to pressurize the keg with CO2 gas that escapes through the beer while the bottle is being shaken. This tends to work for a short period of time depending on the time when it is being poured and this usually works on a keg that is not completely full but is half full with some content remaining in the bottle. In a full keg there is not enough volume of air to pressurize the entire contents in the keg and with less than half an hour there is a large volume of air and the remaining beer gas will dissolve into the beer and thus result in no usable pressure.
How can beer be served out of a keg without gas?
Beer can definitely be served out of a keg without gas in the following ways.
- Lay the keg on the side and it is preferable better on a crate. Point the keg at the wall and drain or container to catch any kind of remaining pressurized content that might actually eject itself. Raise the bottom of the keg slightly above the top with a block and ensure that the inflow port is oriented towards the floors.
- Attach a connector and the tubing or a hand pumped picnic tap to the inflow port on the keg. Block or pinch the tube in some way so that it can be used to dispense the remaining beer
- Attach another connector and the open-end tubing to the beverage out flow port with the point towards the ceiling. Always ensure to keep the open end of the tubing above the keg at all times. This is because you would need to provide an air inlet so that the beer can gravity feed out of air floe port to empty the keg.
These are not permanent solutions but you can always try out these temporary solutions