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If you'd like to watch Jack show you how to set up and use the Keg Mate Easy Beer Tap, head to our How To Video page.
Do kegs work out cheaper than cases?
The short answer is yes.
Obviously there is variance depending on the brand of beer and the outlets and establishments you are purchasing the cases and kegs from.
However, in our experience, we have discovered that you can save around 15-20% by buying kegs over cases when you compare the same volume and type of beer.
How do I know what coupler to buy?
A coupler is the adaptor that attaches Keg Mate to the keg itself. In Australia there are two primary couplers used and it is imperative that you know which coupler your keg requires otherwise you risk not being able to connect your Keg Mate. That is the definition of disaster right there!
To help you out we've put together a list Coupler Types by Brand. If your beer isn't on this list, just get in touch with your local pub/brewery and ask them what coupler they use. Simple!
What if I need another coupler down the track, do I have to buy a whole new Keg Mate tap?
No. You can swap and change your couplers as required. Changing a coupler over on your tap is as simple as unscrewing it and screwing a new one on.
Can I buy more than one coupler?
Absolutely! You can upgrade your Keg Mate tap at the time of purchase to include an additional coupler. Or you can revisit our store at any time and purchase a coupler separately for $45.
How do I keep the keg cold?
Very valid question. Keg Mate is designed for short term keg uses such as events, parties, bbqs or short trips away. In these types of situations, we find a bin with ice on a pre-chilled keg works fine as long as you keep the keg in the shade and keep the ice up. If you're after a more permanent kegging solution for your home and you have a coolroom or a spare large fridge, then you're sorted, otherwise there are probably better solutions out there for you.
How many gas cylinders will I need?
We find that 1 regular Soda Stream bottle will dispense close to a 50L keg give or take.
Where do I get kegs from?
You can usually organise a keg from any brewery or pub if you give them advance notice. They will likely want to take a bond payment on the keg itself to ensure you return it when empty.
Some establishments may try to deter you as they will assume you will want them to set the keg up for you.
Once they realise you have your own independent set up, I'm sure they'll be very happy to take your cash and roll the keg out the door for you!
Sydney and Melbourne dwellers also have the additional services or kegsonlegs.com.au to utilise.
What sort of kegs work with Keg Mate?
Any commercial style kegs will be compatible with the Keg Mate Easy Beer Tap.
Homebrew mini kegs with a ball lock disconnect are not compatible.
Keg Mate can be used to decant almost anything from a commercial keg including beer, spirit mixers, cider, ginger beer and wine.
To decant stout beer, you would require a Nitrogen adaptor kit which will be coming soon...
Can I use Keg Mate with stout beer?
Not as is. You will need to use Nitrogen rather than CO2 (otherwise your stout will be too heady). Stay tuned for the Keg Mate Nitro Conversion Kit, or email us for more information on how you can do it yourself...
How long can I keep my keg?
Your keg will keep well for up to 9-12 months if you look after it well and store it correctly.
Some tips to store your keg for optimal shelf life include:
- Try to maintain the keg at a consistent temperature. Avoid large fluctuations.
- Keep the keg out of the sun
- Pressurise after each use
To pressurise the beer after each use, turn the gas on your Keg Mate up to 20psi. You will be able to hear the gas filling the keg. When the gas sound subsides, squeeze and lift coupler handle to disengage the tap. Turn gas to the 'OFF' position and release the pressure from the regulator by pulling the pressure release valve on the side of the regulator. You can leave your Keg Mate on top of the keg and the gas cylinder attached to Keg Mate so you're ready for next time!