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August 31, 2022

Best Keg Tools To Have For Working on Beer Systems

As a draft beer technician, it is important to have the necessary keg tools to get the job done. This small list of hardware beer keg tools is the absolute minimum that I would recommend for jobs.

More beer tools can be taken with you, but these are the ones that you need for working on dispensing equipment.

After reading this you will have a solid list of tools needed for a service call or installation of a beer dispensing system. Enjoy.

Beer Wrench

Faucet wrenches or beer wrenches are helpful tools that are used to unscrew faucets off a beer tower to clean or tighten them.

Also known as a faucet wrench/spanner wrench. There are many different types of beer wrenches available on the market, but the most important thing is that you find one that fits comfortably in your hand.

The beer wrench provides the leverage you need to get the job done on a draft beer system or beer tap. Whether that's an installation or providing service like a service call. These beer wrenches are also great for home kegerators. You can take off beer faucets, tighten beer hex nuts.

Screw Driver

A screwdriver is another essential tool to have on hand as a keg tool for draft beer technician. There are different types of screwdrivers available, but you will want to make sure you have one that is long enough to reach the screws on wall panels, regulators, and hose clamps in beer walk-in coolers .

Milwaukee makes a nice one that has multiple head fittings and a ratchet on it. I'd recommend it.

Allen Wrench

The hex key, also known as an Allen wrench, is a tool that is used to tighten or loosen hexagonal fittings. This type of wrench is necessary for tightening fittings usually on secondary regulators. Also can be used to take beer towers apart to service them. A good tool to add to your beer supplies.

Digital Thermometer

A digital thermometer is another important tool to have when working with beer systems, or on a beer system.

This type of thermometer can be used to measure the temperature of beer in kegs, which can help you diagnose problems with the keg, kegerator, and draft beer system. A definite must for bar tools.

There are many different types of digital thermometers available on the market, so be sure to find one that meets your needs. I'd recommend this one below.

You can purchase reliable ones from amazon or talk with one of your local KEC's kitchen equipment contractors and they typically keep them in stock.

Pinch Offs

When working with beer systems, it is important to know how to properly pinch off the beer line to fix equipment. This will happen quite often working on a beer tap.

Pinching off the line will stop the flow of beer and allow you to work on the keg without making a mess. For example, if you need to replace a beer pump in the cooler having pinch-offs is a must. Another example of pinch-offs would be to change out a Beer FOB on a line.

These are a few reasons why a technician will need to pinch off the line. If you do not pinch off the line, beer will gush out of the keg and all over the place.

Pinch-offs can also be used for airlines, and also on glycol lines. When pinching off a line, be sure to use locking pliers or a wrench to get a good grip on the line. This will ensure that you have a tight seal and that no beer or air will escape. Also, put some tubing on the nose of your pliers so when you do pinch them you aren't damaging the air line or beer line.

Pinching off the line is an essential skill for any draft beer technician. so make sure you practice it and carry a couple of them with you in your bar tools bag.

Cutters

Are important for a draft technician to carry with him or her. Cutters are necessary. They can be used to cut the beer line, air line or glycol lines when needed.

Cutters can also be used to cut the insulation off of beer trunklines which will allow you to easily remove the tubing easily.

It is important to have a good pair of cutters that can easily cut through the beer line. Many draft beer technicians carry a pair of heavy-duty cutters.

Be sure to find a pair of cutters that are strong and can handle tough jobs. So make sure you always have them with you when you're on the job.

Oetiker Pliers

oetiker pliers are a type of pliers that are specifically designed oetiker clamps. Oetiker clamps are a clamp that is commonly used to connect beer line and airline to draft equipment.

The pliers have a front jaw and side jaw, making it easy to install or remove the clamp. This is important, as it ensures you will be able to secure clamps in tight places.

Like under a bar connecting a beer tower, or inside a small access panel. If you are working in this industry. It is important to have a good pair of oetiker pliers. They will make it easy to connect and disconnect the beer line and airline.

6 in 1 Combination Wrench From Micromatic 

The 6 in 1 Combination Wrench from Micromatic is a great tool for draft technicians, and offered at a great price. It can perform six different functions. This saves time and hassle, as technicians no longer have to carry multiple tools with them.

Picture of 6 in 1 Keg tool

The 6 in 1 Combination Wrench can be used as a wrench, screwdriver, faucet wrench . This makes it the perfect tool for any job. It is also made of durable stainless steel, which ensures that it will last long even under heavy use. If you are looking for a versatile and durable wrench, the 6 in 1 Combination Wrench from Micromatic is a perfect choice and I carry a couple of these with me.

Conclusion

Every draft beer technician should have a good pair of cutters, oetiker pliers, 6 in 1 Combination Wrench, and the other keg tools mentioned above.

These are essential tools that can be used for a variety of tasks in the beer industry. Make sure you practice pinching off the line so you know how to do it quickly and efficiently. And always carry your tools with you when you're on the job. You never know when you'll need them.

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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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