Changing a Keg - Stainless Steel

Use the instructions below when changing a stainless steel keg (pictured).

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Note: There are different steps to take for a line that has a Sestra Smart FOB versus one that does not. We've included instructions for both below.

Hint: Need help identifying an empty keg? When a keg is empty, the Push to Pour button light will begin to blink slowly. If you press the button, you will see the light rapidly blink, then continue slowly blinking.

Changing a stainless steel keg (WITHOUT a Sestra Smart FOB)

  1. Identify the empty keg and retrieve a new one. Put the new keg next to or near the empty one. Do not detach the coupler from the empty keg until the new keg is in place and ready to be tapped.
  2. Remove the plastic cap from the top, making sure any broken pieces are also removed.
  3. Close the in-line valve located on the beer line either at the coupler or by the Smart FOB.
  4. Remove the coupler from the empty keg.
    1. Release the coupler lever by pulling out on the handle (follow the arrows).
    2. Lift up on the lever.
    3. TURN COUNTERCLOCKWISE to remove - about 1/4 turn.
  5. Spray bottom of coupler and top of new keg head with Nixall.
  6. Attach the coupler to the new keg.
    1. Place the coupler on the new keg.
    2. TURN CLOCKWISE until the notch on the coupler hits the stop on the keg head - about 1/4 turn. Be careful, as the top of the keg itself may turn.
    3. Push the lever down to connect.
  7. Open the in-line valve.

Note: After a keg change on a line without a Sestra Smart FOB, there may be a small air bubble in the line. You can push past this by pouring 2-3 glasses.

Changing a stainless steel keg (WITH a Sestra Smart FOB)

  1. Identify the empty keg and retrieve a new one. Put the new keg next to or near the empty one. Do not detach the coupler from the empty keg until the new keg is in place and ready to be tapped.
  2. Remove the plastic cap from the top, making sure any broken pieces are also removed.
  3. Close the in-line valve located on the beer line either at the coupler or by the Smart FOB.
  4. Remove the coupler from the empty keg.
    1. Release the coupler lever by pulling out on the handle (follow the arrows).
    2. Lift up on the lever.
    3. TURN COUNTERCLOCKWISE to remove - about 1/4 turn.
  5. Spray bottom of coupler and top of new keg head with Nixall.
  6. Attach the coupler to the new keg.
    1. Place the coupler on the new keg.
    2. TURN CLOCKWISE until the notch on the coupler hits the stop on the keg head - about 1/4 turn. Be careful, as the top of the keg itself may turn.
    3. Push the lever down to connect.
  7. Open the in-line valve.
  8. Reset the Sestra Smart FOB
    1. Make sure the bottom bypass lever is in the UP position to allow the float rise.
    2. Press down on the top vent button for at least 10 seconds to bleed the chamber and release any gas. If you have a long draw set-up, you will need to bleed the smart FOB for an additional 10 seconds.
    3. The float should no longer be sitting at the bottom of the chamber.

10. Move the keg into the kegerator and make sure the kegerator door is securely closed.

Carbonated Beverages and Temperature: For carbonated beverages, such as beer, proper pouring requires the keg to be the correct temperature. Warm kegs take up to 24 hours to chill properly.

Settling: Beer needs to settle after movement. Wait at least 15 minutes after attaching a new keg before pouring to allow the beer to settle.