King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

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King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by clarets7 » Thu Apr 07, 2022 12:01 pm

My old pressure barrels have reached the end of their life and are going to be turned into planters in the garden. I ordered a new KK from Balliihoo, with a bottom tap, the complete with their own pressure injection system. I choose the bottom tap one because I prefer a real ale style of beer, and didn't like the idea of having to have pressure on all the time to dispense. However, I've just opened the box and they have sent me the top tap one by mistake. Before I send it back, does anyone have any feedback about these top tap barrels? Will I still be able to get the real ale style, as I've no idea how much pressure is needed to dispense, never used a top tap barrel before :-k
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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by orlando » Thu Apr 07, 2022 12:29 pm

I preferred my bottom tap. When I was buying them, a very long time ag, there was talk of top taps occasionally losing the floating dip tube connection. Nightmare if that happened. The only reason was to take beer off as it cleared. Tempting but better to fine and let it condition until it's really ready.
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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by bitter_dave » Thu Apr 07, 2022 12:51 pm

In one of Graham Wheeler's books he called the top tap ones something like 'an abomination'! The only real benefit I can see is that you can pour beer from it with the barrel on the floor. However, most of us don't do this I think. Like you, I don't much like the idea of top taps for the reasons stated above.

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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by clarets7 » Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:04 pm

Yes, those are all the reasons I wanted a bottom tap, I'll send it back :(
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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by micmacmoc » Mon Apr 11, 2022 10:18 pm

Good old Graham, I miss him!
Still use his books as inspiration. I think if you practice good hygiene the beer should be the same from both, after all there’s a blanket of CO2 over it.

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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by MarkA » Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:20 am

I use two top tap King Kegs and haven't had a problem with the float dip tube, as long as you make sure it's all the way on before filling. The only disadvantage would be that you always need Co2 to dispense, rather than being able to use gravity through a bottom tap.

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Re: King Keg top or bottom tap preferred?

Post by clarets7 » Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:36 am

I got them to change it for the bottom tap version in the end. Very prompt service from Balliihoo I must say - replacement arrived next day with label to send the wrong one back.
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