How to Keg Drinks

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With so many options to pour, what’s the process for kegging drinks?

How to Keg Wine

All of us have heard about tapping and kegging beer, but why not keg other favorite beverages like wine? Actually, you can keg wine and implement your own wine tap system — and it’s an affordable option!

Draft wine” is essentially wine that’s stored outside of a bottle. This process gives wine lovers the excitement of pouring their own glass from a tapping system without any foam to worry about.

Wine Tapping Equipment

There are two different mainstream concepts for drafting your wine. They’re known as selecting the gas you’ll use during kegging and then serving the wine. Both of these ideas are relatively simple and remain cost effective, but both are essential to the process.

Exposing your wine to different forms of gas will result in varying tastes across the still and sparkling spectrum. With a gas tank and regulator, still wines typically revolve around argon or nitrogen, and sparkling wines require further exposure to carbon dioxide.

Steps to Kegging Wine

Before you experience pouring a glass of wine from a tapping system, a few steps must take place. Crafting wine is a science and an art in one, so great attention to detail is a necessity. 

Wine on PourMyBeer self-serve tap
  1. Clean and sanitize a keg: You don’t want any bacteria or materials to alter the taste or safety of your wine. Clean stainless steel tanks are ideal for tapping and storing mass amounts of wine.
  2. Deposit the wine: Siphon your wine into the keg and place an lid on top.
  3. Eliminate oxygen in the keg: This step is known as “pushing out .” It’s done by connecting a gas disconnect and pushing gas in and out of the keg.
  4. Listen for gas hissing through the keg: Completing this process several times for good measure is the recommendation.
  5. Enjoy: Your wine is then ready for serving or further carbonation.

 

Following these guidelines will make it easier to understand just how PourMyBeer installs our units.

Still vs. Sparkling Wine

Kegs actually reduce oxidation. Large stainless steel tanks will eliminate the chances of air flowing in and altering the taste of the wine, as they’re air-sealed shut. Assuring that taste stays the same each night is dependent on catering to the types of wine your customers enjoy.

Still wines should be stored cold and within temperatures of 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparkling wines require you to force and push gas through kegs to make the drink bubbly in nature. If your customers enjoy sparkling wines, remember to keep yours refrigerated during the process and shake solutions prior to consumption.

Kegging Cocktails

You can keg practically any beverage of choice with the proper care and attention to detail. You can accomplish that goal by incorporating carbon dioxide and erasing oxygen within kegging tanks. A general rule of thumb for kegging alcoholic beverages is that temperatures need to stay low so that the beverage stays cold.

Tapping cocktails is similar to a science experiment in that this concept requires professional hands to pinpoint taste, quantities and mixtures. Underestimating ingredient ratios is a mistake, but fortunately, PourMyBeer makes tapping cocktails simple to understand. It should be noted that kegging cocktails is slightly more in-depth as an operation than kegging wine.

A Quick Note Before Starting to Keg Cocktails...

Recognize that this practice demands constant cleaning and upkeep. Many cocktails infuse citrus blends and other ingredients that can clog tanks or expire. Food industry codes will require workers to monitor these pieces of equipment regularly before serving customers.

The process for kegging any cocktail calls for similar equipment as that used for storing wine.

Cocktail Kegging Equipment

If kegging cocktails is a proper fit for your bar or restaurant, here’s a look at the equipment you need to get started:

  • Cornelius keg with ball locks: These kegs come in much smaller sizes compared to the ones used for wine.
  • Nitrogen/carbon dioxide tanks and regulators: These tanks will give you the option to serve both still and carbonated cocktails on tap.
  • Stainless steel drafting towers: Towers will come into play once you decide where your cocktails will be stored. Some restaurant layouts call for walk-in storage rooms, for instance, while others leave room for drafting towers right under taps.

Keep in mind that most cocktails are served cold in temperature. Still cocktails will give you room to play with storage temperature, but carbonated drinks should remain in a storage location of about 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drinks Served on Tap

There are probably more drinks to serve on tap than you initially thought possible. The food and restaurant industry is approaching a time when consumers are after the latest ways to enjoy their food and drink. Tapping your beverages cuts down on employee time spent, and customers can grow interest in the idea of pouring their own glass in a matter of seconds.

Aside from wines and various cocktails, PourMyBeer is introducing the means to tap other beverages, including Kombucha, cold brew coffee, iced teas and soft drinks. If your customers demand mixed drinks, you’ll be happy to know that quite a few common cocktails can be served on draft. From daiquiris and tonics to Manhattans and margaritas, the options are endless.

Why Should I Consider Tapping Beverages?

Incorporating the ability to tap your beverages will keep customers happy, product fresh and the experience interesting. If you’re resistant to tapping technology, perhaps it’s time to reconsider what makes these systems so impactful.

Working with PourMyBeer, you’ll find that we carry the determination to eliminate waste. If you start tapping, you’ll be getting rid of a great deal of cardboard, bottles, marketing labels, plastic and materials that go into shipping wines and ingredients. Tapping your beverages at bars and restaurants is a greener approach to operating a business.

Additionally, kegs stay fresh for an extended period of time. Depending on the beverage, some refreshments — such as wine — can stay fresh in tapping storage for up to two months. In a restaurant setting, you can easily go through that amount of wine in a short period of time.

Cutting Costs and Keeping Flavor

Kegging will ultimately allow you to avoid the chance of overheating and oxidation across your beverages in a bar or restaurant. As a result, you can keep flavors consistent since drinks will never be exposed to oxygen until right before serving. Most restaurants can make up for the costs to install tapping technology within just six months, which should give you a chance to place orders for finer wines and ingredients in no time at all.

Working with cocktails, your business can push exclusive offers and allow customers to try samples. With cocktails available on tap, there’s no need to prepare a mixed drink right on the spot with varying results. The perfect cocktail solution on tap will provide an accurate taste and influence customers to try new drinks.

Getting Involved With PourMyBeer

You love your restaurant and staff. There’s nothing better than a full crowd enjoying their night out on the town while making new memories within your bar or restaurant. Hard work surely goes a long way toward making their night enjoyable, but what if you gave your customers a new experience they couldn’t forget?

Of course, we’re talking about PourMyBeer and our self-serve capabilities. Finally, you can free your team of running around to refill refreshments to refocus efforts on customer service and engagement. With the help of a few “splash-proof” tablets and our Tap-Technology, customers can have fun while they drink at your bar, venue or restaurant.

PourMyBeer wants to assist you in transforming your bar or restaurant. With just a few tablets and installations, you can revolutionize the customer experience. If you’re interested in learning more about our products and systems, feel free to visit our FAQ page for additional information.

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