Your beer can be naturally or forced carbonated with the Tap-A-Draft System:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EITHER METHOD: the PET bottle MUST ALWAYS BE HORIZONTAL to charge with Co2.
NATURAL CARBONATION METHOD.
Ferment your beer as usual and allow to clear naturally. Preferably syphon your beer from the fermenter ensuring you don’t disturb the sediment from the settled beer. Just like bottling, your beer should not be splashed or oxidised.
Place 6 (or less depending on beer style) slightly rounded teaspoons of white or castor sugar into the 6 litre PET bottle. (You may wish to add slightly less for Stouts or darker beers where you do not require as much carbonation). Leave only a small space from the top of the 6 litre bottle and place the screw cap on. ( if you only have one system you can put the tap-a-draft dispenser tap on straight away when filling the bottle)
Store the PET bottle for approximately 2 weeks. It is a matter of taste whether you leave the beer a shorter or longer time for maturing...those of you use to drinking well aged bottled beer wouldn’t be satisfied with very young green beer.
You can fill 1 to 4 x 6 litre PET bottles per batch of beer. ( any remainder can be bottled.)
HOW TO SERVE BEER THAT HAS BEEN NATURALLY CARBONATED:
Over approximately 1-2 weeks the beer will naturally carbonate (at room temperature) and mature (just like bottled beer) and when you are ready to drink place the PET bottle in the fridge to cool down.
Carefully remove the screw cap without spilling any beer out. There will be pressure, just like opening a beer bottle, so the COLDER you have it at this stage the better. Screw on the TAP-A-DRAFT® dispenser unit. HAND TIGHTEN ONLY.
IMPORTANT : After screwing on the dispenser, place the bottle back into the HORIZONTAL position. The PET bottle MUST BE HORIZONTAL before you charge with the Co2 Cartridges.
You will require 1 x16 gram Co2 cartridges to provide dispensing pressure (remember your beer is already naturally carbonated).
With the PET bottle horizontal you are ready to charge the Co2 cartridge (the cartridges will be vertical). Screw the C02 cartridge into the dispenser (the cartridge must have the narrow end up.) BE SURE THAT THE CASING IS FULLY SCREWED IN SO THAT THE CARTRIDGE IS PIERCED..DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. When the cartridge is pierced, you will hear a brief hiss. To prevent loss of Co2, continue to screw the casing on until it is HAND TIGHT.
READY TO SERVE: DO NOT open the tap immediately after charging with C02. Serving is best done after a couple of days allowing the beer to settle down. A minimum period of 12 hours is required before opening the tap so that the gas can be absorbed into the beer. If you open the tap too quickly after charging with gas, you may find that you lose a lot of pressure early and all the 6 litres will not dispense adequately requiring more C02. To pour your beverage, pull the tap lever fully forward, with the glass placed under the tap. Pulling the tap partially forward will create a head on your carbonated beverage. For less head open the tap fully.
FORCED CARBONATION METHOD:
Ferment and settle your beer as usual.. syphon your clear beer into the 6 liter PET Bottle and attach the tap-a-draft tap
optional: you can filter beer that is going to be forced carbonated as you do not require yeast cells to create a natural carbonation.
IMPORTANT: The beer or beverage needs to be COLD before FORCE carbonating with Co2 . The absorption of Co2 into beer occurs at a faster rate when the beer is cold. (liquids will not absorb gas at room temperature).
You are now ready to force carbonate with the first x 16gm a C02 cartridge. Charge the C02 and allow the gas to be absorbed into the beer.
HOW TO SERVE BEER THAT HAS BEEN FORCED CARBONATED:
After forced carbonation has taken place, and the beer has been allowed to absorb the gas over a period of time, you are ready to start drinking. Open the tap fully to dispense the beer. With the forced carbonation method it will be necessary to add another 16gm c02 to get enough dispensing pressure to empty the entire 6 litre bottle.
follow the procedure for dispensing the cartridges as per previous instructions. Remember the PET bottle MUST BE HORIZONTAL to charge with Co2.
To Wash the Dispenser
1. OPEN THE TAP FULLY TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE AND REMOVE THE TAP FROM THE BOTTLE.
2. Hold the tap with tongs and run hot (but not boilng) water through the tube for a minimum of 15 seconds. Do not soak the tap in water
3. Let the tap air dry.
NEVER disassemble the unit other than instructions for replacing some parts.
To keep the unit in good working order you should periodically replace inlet and outlet hoses and seals .