The most important thing when transporting a beer keg is to avoid injuries, prevent damage to your vehicle, and arrive at your destination without transforming half the contents into a foamy disaster. While you don’t need to worry about your keg actually exploding or leaking all over your vehicle, you should take some precautions to ensure that it arrives at your destination in a safe state. Here’s a list of things NOT to do:
Choosing A Hot Time Of Day To Pick Up The Keg
When you transport your beer during the full heat of the day, you can affect the flavor of the beer. Heat can accelerate certain chemical breakdowns, resulting in your beer taking on less than optimal flavors even if it won’t necessarily turn “skunky,” which is dependent on exposure to light. Furthermore, if you let the beer get too warm, it may be a pain to get it back to its optimal, chilled state once it has warmed up again.
Not Asking For Help
In terms of weight, standard-sized beer kegs typically weigh around 160 pounds when full, so carrying one by yourself won’t be a good idea if you want to avoid the possibility of straining your back or breaking your toes in the process. To pick up the keg, either bring a friend with you or ask a sales clerk to help you lift it into your car with the help of a friend.
Rolling (Or Dropping) The Beer Keg
Rolling kegs from place to place or dropping them mid-transport are two of the worst things you can do to preserve beer quality. If your keg doesn’t have handles, use a dolly or carefully carry the keg with the help of a friend.
Transporting keg on its side
Although it might not seem like a bad idea to transport the beer on its side, you’ll have a better chance of keeping it from becoming a foamy mess if you keep the keg upright during transport. This may been using a pickup truck, rather than a car, to get the keg to its destination. Using a bungee cord or two is a great way to ensure your keg is securely secured for the trip.
Driving Like A Maniac
As soon as you’re driving with a beer keg in your car, you’ll want to take it easy, just as you would if you had a baby in the car-in this case, a 160-pound, sloshy baby in the backseat. It would be wise to avoid braking hard, making sharp turns, taking detours down pothole-filled streets, or making any similar maneuvers while driving down pothole-filled streets. By ensuring that the ride is as smooth as possible, you will be able to preserve the integrity of your beer.
Not Letting The Keg Chill
As soon as you arrive at your destination, you should let your beer chill for at least a couple of hours before serving it to your guests. KegCold is the perfect solution to keeping your keg chill!
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Not Letting The Keg Settle
Besides chilling, the beer should also be allowed to settle for at least a few hours, or ideally overnight. For the first few dozen pours, the longer you wait to tap the keg, the higher the chances that you will not get straight foam pours for the first few dozen pours.
Nothing kills a party like crappy beer, so choose your methods of transportation and storage wisely. Your friends will thank you for your keg-handling diligence.