The Best Commercial Beer Faucets in the Industry
When it comes to dispensing beer, the tap is the most instrumental component to a smooth, flavorful beverage. But unfortunately, not all faucets are created equal. Here at Draft Beer Dispense, we are industry experts with real-world practitioners using these faucets.
Does the Type of Beer Faucet Really Matter?
Your beer faucet is the key tool that releases your draft beers into the world. Also known as the tap or spigot, beer faucets can make or break the beer dispensing experience at your establishment.
We know it's tempting to go for the cheapest models on the market, but we've learned from experience that not all faucets are created equally.
The Components of Your Beer Faucet
Beer faucets are made up of five main components. These different pieces are what make the faucet work, and understanding their importance can help you choose the right faucet for the job.
- Shaft: Moved by the lever to turn the flow on or off. If the shaft doesn't work appropriately, the results will be foamy. If the vent holes on the shaft become clogged by yeast or mold, the beer won't dispense.
- Lever: Holds the faucet handle and pivots on the shaft. A stainless steel lever is the most durable for repeated, long term use.
- Friction/Ball Washer: The rubber washer sits on top of the nylon ball washer. You must check these pieces regularly, as they will wear down over time.
- Lever Bonnet: The compression nut on top of the friction/all washer. Should only be hand tightened.
- Coupling Washer: The washer piece between the body of the faucet and the shank. Regularly inspect the washer when cleaning the faucet and replace when damaged to prevent leaks.
Why Should You Choose Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel materials are the best choice for high-quality beer faucets. Cheaper faucets coated with chrome or brass can flake off and alter your draft beers' natural flavor profiles.
Stainless steel faucets, on the other hand, last longer so you get more for your money. They're also more reliable for continued use, and they're more sanitary than the lower quality alternatives.
Standard Stainless Steel Faucets
A standard, rear-closing faucet is the most common style available. The design of this tap allows you to dispense beer by simply pulling on the tap handle. This simple movement activates the lever, which pushes an internal valve open to start the beer's flow into the serving glass.
Stainless Steel Flow Control Faucets
A flow control faucet has a built-in feature that allows you to adjust the resistance exerted by your faucet. This option requires less tubing and the potential for less foam and wasted beer. A compensation feature makes it easier to serve carbonated beers because you can adjust the resistance to offset increased pressure required for storage.
Where to Start
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