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December 18, 2022

Best Beer Fobs On The Market For 2023

Beer fobs are used in commercial draft beer systems to keep beer trunk lines full of beer when kegs are emptied or cashed. They are used in remote systems on beer runs about 50 feet or longer and help users save money from beer loss after a keg blows. In this post, I'm gonna talk about the best beer fobs on the market for 2023 where you can find them, and what I would recommend if you are in the market for beer fobs on a long draw system, and minimizing wasted beer at your restaurant, or bar.

What Are Beer Fobs and How Do They Work

Picture of a Plastic Beer Fob
Picture of a Stainless Steel Beer Fob

Fob means, foam on beer. A beer fob detector is an essential component used in a long draw beer system. While allowing beer lines to remain full of beer, from empty beer kegs until you tap a new keg in a draft system. They serve as a cost-saving measure when correctly installed and utilized.

Beer fob detectors are composed of a chamber and a float inside. When foam fills the chamber instead of beer. The float will sink and stop the flow of beer keeping the main trunkline or line of beer full to the bar. It prevents foam from entering the draft system. This helps users save time and increase profits because only the beer in the jumper line is wasted from the keg to the FOB. While the beer line remains full and, primed to pour beer at the beer tower.

Once a new keg is tapped after the empty keg is replaced. Bleed the fob of foam at the vent mechanism button, or purge button until the chamber is full of beer. Reset the FOB and refill lines in the cooler until there are no more air bubbles in the lines and you are ready to pour beer again with your draft system.

Types of Beer Fobs on The Market

There are a few different types of fob detectors on the market, but there are two that I have used over and over again that works great, and I would recommend a beer fob system to reduce beer waste.

Plastic Beer FOB 

Instantly stopping the beer flow when a keg empties, it ensures that the supply line is always full of fresh beer - no more wasted foam when tapping new kegs. This simple feature helps save an average of one pitcher of draught per keg, and installations with longer-than-average supply lines like stadiums, airports, and hotels will see even greater savings.

Pros

  • Budget buy compared to all stainless options
  • Reliable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Won't last as long as the stainless FOB's
  • Tops pop off from time to time
  • Need to purchase hose fittings separately
Picture of a Plastic Beer Fob

Beer FOB Made by Micro Matic Stainless Steel

PRO-MAX (FOB detector), with its in-line Profit Maximizer, contributes to greater efficiency when it comes to changing kegs and stopping foam waste. This fast, reliable device senses when a keg empties and shuts down the beer line automatically. As there is no need to keep refilling between keg replacements, this means that there's less beer waste and more glasses off each keg. Easy to operate, all it takes to get your beer line back up and running again is replacing the empty keg and resetting PRO-MAX - for swiftness that maximizes profits. Manufactured from stainless steel & ABS plastic as well as featuring a wall mount, large beer chamber for easy viewing and stainless steel hose connections - PRO-MAX is simply the finest FOB on the market today

Pros

  • Quality Equipment all 304 Stainless
  • Longevity
  • Reliable
  • Easy to Set Up right away
  • No extra fittings needed

Cons

  • Costs more money upfront
Picture of a Stainless Steel Beer Fob

Where to Buy Beer Fobs

One of the best places to find beer fobs is online. There are a variety of websites that carry these products, such as Amazon, eBay, and even specialized beer equipment stores. I'd recommend finding them at Micro Matic. And I am an affiliate of theirs so I will make money if you click on that link. Just so you know I've used both of these Fobs personally, I also continue to install them and would recommend both of them. Personally, I would choose the all stainless, or PRO-MAX FOB from Micro Matic.

Tips For a Beer Detector FOB.

Beer Fobs Instruction Template
Picture of Beer Fobs Instructions

Will Need a Drain Installation Kit With FOB's

One minor note you will also need to use a drain installation kit if there isn't a floor drain inside the walk-in cooler you are using to purge the fob of foam FYI. You can just grab a bottle if you already know what to get in terms of parts for your drain line and fittings.

However, Micromatic put together kits for users to use that will help tremendously. Here are a couple below. Click on the pictures if interested in buying one.

Picture of FOB Drain and Accessories
Picture Drain Bottle

Summary

In this blog post we’ve talked about the two types of beer FOBs on the market and how they can help you save money while maximizing profits. We’ve also given some tips on how to use a beer FOB correctly so that you get the most out of your investment, while dispensing beer on a draft beer dispensing system. Whether you are just starting out in the bar industry or you are looking for ways to increase efficiency with draft beer. Using a beer FOB is a great way to do it with beer line. Having a fob installed will allow the user to dispense more beer for customers effortlessly on long draw systems because beer lines stay primed to pour instead of wasting beer on the next keg change. Beer fobs will make their money back after one keg, see for yourself. You'll thank me later.



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About the author

I've been a draft beer technician for over 10 years  building, designing, and installing large commercial beer systems. Through the years I've worked on breweries, tap houses, casinos and stadiums around the country.

I enjoy sharing my passion for draft beer dispensing by talking about it, recommending dispensing equipment I've used in commercial installs, or private settings. 

Cheers!

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