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Want Guinness on tap at home? We'll guide you through your options and all that you need to know to make it a reality.
Guinness is truly a beer in a league of its own! Guinness on draught is especially delicious, low in calories and its tight, creamy foam head is world famous. To dispense a keg of Guinness (or any stout) all you need is a stout system.
You have three options to get the Guinness flowing:
The equipment that you already have and your budget will determine which route you choose to get Guinness on tap at home. Regardless of the option you choose, there are three basic differences between a standard draft beer system and a stout system:
Instead of CO2 like a traditional draft beer system, Guinness uses a nitrogen/CO2 blend to push the beer through the lines. Mixed gas comes in an all-in-one air tank that contains 75% nitrogen and 25% CO2. The nitrogen gives Guinness its creamy tight head that makes it so unique. To find a mixed gas dealer in your area, simply check under "gas" in your local yellow pages or ask your local Guinness distributor who they recommend.
The Guinness Import Company goes to great lengths to make sure that gas dealers are properly blending mixed gas. Some gas dealers are particular and they will only fill a nitrogen tank with mixed gas. Other dealers will fill your regular CO2 tank with the mixed gas, as the only difference between the two types of tanks is the threads. You can use a standard CO2 regulator with a nitrogen tank but you will need a CO2/Nitrogen Adapter. Make sure to set the regulator for 30 psi.
If you've ever watched a bartender pour a pint of Guinness, you've probably noticed that a stout faucet is different from other faucets. Sometimes called a European Specialty Faucet, the stout faucet has a different type of handle that pulls forward and down. There's also a tiny restrictor disc inside of the faucet head. When Guinness and other stouts are forced through the disc, the beer forms the unique head that people love. To dispense any other type of beer (i.e.: Bud, Miller, Coors etc.) with one of these specialty faucets, all you need to do is remove the restrictor disc.
With the right knowledge and the proper equipment, it's easy and affordable to enjoy your favorite Guinness keg or other favorite stout at home! What are you waiting for?