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The Perfect Pour: Tricks & Tips for Pouring the Best Tasting Beer

Pouring the perfect beer is a bit of an art, and it’s certainly not as simple as it looks. Think of those commercials where the bartender turns and angles the beer glass as he pours. That’s exactly what you need to do in order to achieve the perfect pour. If you’re currently just holding the glass under the tap as you pour, it is time to learn something new.

3 Tricks to Pouring the Perfect Beer

The Perfect Beer

Here’s a brief summary of our three favorite tricks to pouring the perfect beer.

  • Start with a clean glass:
    While this should be common sense, many people don’t seem to realize how a dirty glass can actually ruin your your beer. Oil residues, dust or blemishes not only look bad, but they may also impede the flavors within the beer.
  • Hold your glass at a 45° angle:
    When you turn the tap on, make sure you’re holding the glass at a 45° angle. Once you turn the tap on and the beer is flowing, make sure the stream of beer always hits the slope in the middle of your glass. Hold your glass at this position until is is approximately half-full.
  • Slowly tilt your glass to 90°:
    This is arguably the most important step. After the glass is approximately half-full, slowly tilt it up to a 90° angle as the beer fills the glass. This last motion will create the perfect amount of head. To create the perfect pour, it’s essential to have a little bit of a head in every beer. We recommend no more than an inch of foam head.

Once you have the basic pour mastered, try adding a few more moves. First, hold the glass about 4-6 inches away from the faucet or tap. Never put the faucet inside the glass as you pour. Second, when you tilt your beer from 45 to 90 degrees, add a quarter-turn twist. This gives your pour an extra bit of finesse. Lastly, to make the beer look more appealing, practice stopping your pour just as the foam reaches the rim of the glass.

Why Foam Head is Essential for a Perfect Pour

This is a common debate amongst beer lovers – how much foam head should your beer have?

The general rule of thumb that we like to follow, is to keep about an inch of foam at the top of each beer. This is for a variety of reasons. Not only does a little bit of foam look better, but it helps circulate plenty of aromatics that allows you to taste the full flavor of the beer, as it was intended to be tasted.

Additionally, a small layer of foam will help keep your beer fresh. The oxygen in the air can actually start to breakdown your beer, leaving it tasting somewhat stale. The foam head provides an extra layer of protection against that oxygen, leaving you with a fresher tasting beer. On top of that, the proper amount of foam head will release carbon dioxide. This will leave you without that bloated feeling when you’re done with your beer.

How Kegerators Help Achieve The Perfect Pour

EdgeStar Kegerator

Kegerators have multiple advantages over the plain beer keg. Not only do they keep your beer cool for several months, they also contain a mounted faucet to aid in pouring. If you are familiar with tapping kegs, and then trying to simultaneously hold both the glass and the tap steady, then you will surely appreciate the ease of a kegerator faucet. Getting a perfect pour from a traditional beer keg is possible, it’s just significantly more difficult.

A kegerator like the EdgeStar kit comes with everything necessary to create the perfect pours, excluding the keg of beer, of course. The faucet is at just the right height to allow you to twist, turn and tilt your glass, without the worry of spilling a drop. If you are pouring from a kegerator, we would advise to go the extra step and use real beer glasses, instead of cheap plastic cups.

Learning how to pour the perfect beer takes a bit of practice, but the payoff is well worth the effort. Mastering the art of tilting and maneuvering a beer glass until it fills just to the brim is one of those skills that separate true beer enthusiasts from amateurs. Give your beer pouring a few practice rounds, then invite your friends over and show off your style.

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Must-Have Kegerators for Your Summer Parties

In the dead heat of summer, there are few beverages more refreshing than an ice-cold beer. When you’re having a large gathering, though, one of the prime concerns is keeping the beer cool. Consider investing in a kegerator so you can drink cold beer any time and any place.

Koldfront Deluxe Mini Kegerator

The first thing you may ask – what is a kegerator? A kegerator is a unit that stores, refrigerates and dispenses a keg of beer. If the kegerator is utilized properly, a single keg of beer is available to drink for several months at a time. This saves you money over time by cutting back on the need to make return trips to the store. But what kind of kegerator is right for you?

Portable Kegerators

If you’re an active person who likes to bring the party with you, then consider getting the Koldfront deluxe kegerator, which is a portable kegerator that has a lightweight design. This is an ideal solution, as it features the capacity to hold a 5 liter non-pressurized keg with an included tap, so it gives you a quality pour every time. This mini kegerator also features an LCD display, which displays the current temperature of the keg. This allows you full control to adjust the temperature of your keg to your taste.

Full-Sized Kegerators

For those times that impromptu small gatherings occur in your home, Koldfront offers more options in its line of kegerators. These full-sized kegerators are perfect for your home, as they have the capacity to hold a 1/2 barrel keg, assuring that you won’t soon run out of your favorite beer. They feature a cooling capacity that allows the kegs to get as cold as the 30 degrees, meaning every mug you pour is perfectly frosty. These units are also easy to convert into a mini-fridge, making them a versatile addition to any home.

Whatever route you decide to take, rest assured that the kegerator you’ve picked keeps you cool and refreshed by refrigerating your beer to your preferred temperature. Nobody likes warm beer; if you plan to have a large (or even small!) gathering, then consider investing in a kegerator.

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4 Ways to Convert a Single Tap Tower to a Double Tap

Kegerator Tower Conversion Kit One of the first changes most people want to make to their kegerator is adding more taps.  This is because a single tap tower is the most popular first purchase.  Fortunately, there are several ways you can turn your single tap tower into a double tap.  If there is enough space for three kegs in your kegerator, it is even possible to convert a single tap into a triple tap.  The key is choosing the best way to accomplish this based upon your budget and level of skill.

Ready-Made Conversion Kits

Perhaps the quickest way to convert a single tap tower to a double tap tower is to buy a conversion kit that is put together by the manufacturer or another vendor.  A conversion kit will have everything you need, and will include step-by-step instructions in regards to that specific kit.  This makes it an ideal solution regardless of your technical skills.  The only drawback is that these conversion kits can be a little more expensive because of the convenience provided by the seller.

Compile Your Own Kit

Another option is to piece together all of the necessary materials on your own.  This is perhaps the most affordable solution, however, it does require a little more planning and technical skill.  There are also numerous considerations you must keep in mind to ensure you buy parts that will work with your current kegerator.  You must select a tower, faucets, hoses, hose clamps, coupler(s) and air distributor, and you may also want to invest in a dual product regulator or secondary regulator to maintain different pressures for each keg. If you’re handy and want to save money, this is the option for you!

Trade Up

Perhaps the easiest way to “convert” from a single tap tower to a double tap is to simply sell your entire single tap kegerator and purchase one with a double tap tower already installed. This will more than likely require that you invest additional money, but the amount can be minimal if your kegerator is in good shape and you find a good deal on a double tap unit. Plus, you won’t have to worry about purchasing the right parts, switching them out, and even potentially voiding a manufacturer’s warranty. For these reasons, you may choose to go the “trade up” route.

Add an Adapter

Another option is to add a tower adapter to your existing tower. These adapters are typically part of a small kit that attaches to the top of your tower and can include hoses, clamps, faucets and anything else that you may require, Be sure that your tower diameter will accommodate the line(s) that you wish to add. Also, make sure that the tower adapter is the same diameter as your tower. Though, similar to compiling your own kit, you will also need an air distributor or a dual product or secondary regulator.

Never Skimp on Materials

It doesn’t matter if you choose a conversion kit or decide to do it yourself, never skimp on materials.  Saving money by purchasing plated copper may seem like an easy way to save money, but it brings a lot of long-term problems.  Chrome or stainless steel plated copper wears out comparatively quickly.  Once the degradation process begins, you will be forced to replace the parts because it will dramatically alter the taste of your beer.  Go with stainless steel hardware from the get-go to avoid this.  Plus, weaker materials are more likely to break or collapse during the conversion process.

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Mini Kegerators Aren’t Just For Beer

rootbeer mini keg

Mini kegerators are great for personal use and can also be utilized while entertaining. If you are using a full size kegerator to serve beer, a mini kegerator can be used to serve a nonalcoholic option. This gives you a wider variety of drinks to serve your guests. It’s also a nice option to have if you are entertaining people who don’t drink alcohol or if there will be children at your party.

Virgil’s makes mini kegs of Root Beer and Cream Soda that can be served with a mini kegerator.  The benefit of the mini kegerator is that it will add CO2 and make for a faster, more carbonated pour. Not to mention drinking soda from a keg is a pretty darn fun and is sure to amuse party guests.

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Gluten Free Beer

When you have a gluten allergy, not being able to partake in festive treats like birthday cake is something you get used to. In fact the rule is better safe than sorry, and unless you know you can have it, don’t.  But with an abundance of gluten free alternatives showing up in stores over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the beer industry was infiltrated as well.

Since beer is made from wheat, you can imagine wheat free (and therefore gluten free) beer doesn’t really taste that much like beer. My gluten tolerant coworkers that were nice enough to partake in this taste test certainly seemed to agree. It’s kind of like having a popcorn flavored jelly bean instead of popcorn.

tasting gluten free beer

Bard’s, Omission and Redbridge were the brands we tried. Omission, which is not recommended for people with Celiac disease because it is only “gluten removed” not, gluten free, was the favorite of my coworkers. I can only assume that is due to the remnants of gluten and consequently, most beer-like taste. Bard’s and Redbridge received a resounding “Eh, it’s okay.”

Never really having been a fan of beer anyway, cider has always been my go-to alternative.  It’s light, crisp, refreshing, and oh so delicious. And there is a plethora of brands and varieties.

Crispin is a very popular brand that can be found in most stores and bars and it comes in seven different varieties: Original, Light, Brut, Browns Lane, Honey Crisp, The Saint and Lansdowne. Original and Browns Lane are the most commonly found and not as sweet as other brands of cider.

Ace cider also comes in different varieties; Apple, Apple-Honey, Berry, Pumpkin and Joker, with Pear being my favorite.

If you are new to the gluten free lifestyle, I would suggest sticking with ciders until the taste of real beer is such a distant memory, that the faint beer essence of gluten free beer will be enjoyable. Since gluten free beer is still such a new addition on the market, perhaps with time, breweries will get the hang of it and the taste will improve. Until then, there are plenty of other options to help those of us that are gluten free feel included.

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