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How to tap beer without CO2, like the germans do?

I've never seen any evidence that Germans use anything but CO2, so if you have a source that'd be cool. That said, for getting beer out of the cask/keg/barrel you generally have 3 options: ...
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Are ALL keg beer non-pasteurized?

Beer kegged in the USA is usually stored cold and consumed quickly. Therefore, sterile filtration is all that's needed. To make it stable in a wider variety of temperatures, especially shipping it ...
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Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

Just wanted to add to some of the already great answers… Although it has been mentioned what the characteristics of Nitro are, and why that might be good for the beer drinking experience, it hasn't ...
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Which gas will make a beer last longer in a keg, CO2 or nitrogen?

I don't see CO2 versus nitrogen making a difference in freshness. You are probably thinking that because nitrogen is an inert (ie non-reactive) gas that is used in some packaging to extend the shelf ...
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Which gas will make a beer last longer in a keg, CO2 or nitrogen?

I am going out on a limb and interpret "stay good" as "stay carbonated/nitrogenated." That being said, carbonation of beer has a lot to do with temperature and pressure. If you are ...
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How to tap beer without CO2, like the germans do?

There is one new "sneaky" technique, where the beer is in a bag inside the keg. To create pressure, air is pumped into the area between the bag and the keg.
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Do kegs go bad faster once they are tapped?

Soo... There are two main ways to push beer out of a keg. Carbon Dioxide and regular air. Most bars use CO2 (and Nitrogen in some cases) to push the beer out. Your regular backyard kegger uses regular ...
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Can I pour cans into a keg?

I have done this with homebrew beer, but never commercially-bottled beer. The issues should be the same, though: You will significantly shorten the beer's lifespan due to the oxygenation, but if you ...
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What can I do to prevent beer staling in a keg being pushed by air?

I prefer DrinkGAS. It's a good solution for a party, I use it in my restaurants.
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Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

In general, beers that are served with nitro tend to be smoother than their CO2 counterpart. Personally, I've had Left Handed Milk Stout Nitro and Standard side by side and much preferred the Nitro ...
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New Regulator = Air in my Beer LInes?

the bubbles are most probably just CO2 coming out of suspension. This can be due to temperature diffences between the beer and the beerline, or because of something causing the agitation (dirt in the ...
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How long does it take to cool a keg of beer?

If I want to cool something really quick and not using a fire extinguisher, I use the method I saw on Myth Busters: Find a container that will hold the item you want to chill, add ice, water, and salt....
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How long does it take to cool a keg of beer?

I know I'm a few days late but the worry I'd have leaving a keg outside in cold weather is the pressure changes. CO2 absorbs more in colder conditions, but if anything freezes, even partially, CO2 ...
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How to tap beer without CO2, like the germans do?

There are two usual ways to extract beer from a barrel. By gravity, one places a tap a short way up from the base and you allow air into the top. When you open the tap beer comes out. Generally you ...
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Which gas will make a beer last longer in a keg, CO2 or nitrogen?

TL:DR; Not a lot of difference, but science favors carbonation for long-term storage. In a keg system, long-term storage isn't a factor, and there's no appreciable difference. In order to answer your ...
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How to tap beer without CO2, like the germans do?

All beer has CO2 in it, whether or not its added artificially, even nitro pours. Not sure if you mean a gravity based pull system, or maybe a nitro tap line? Nitro beers use a gas mix of mostly ...
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New Regulator = Air in my Beer LInes?

Here is a great site http://www.draughtquality.org/ Download the free manual and I am sure it will help you.
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How do you tame a 'foamy' keg?

Lots of good, in-depth answers here. It looks like nobody (edit: looks like Soloem did, actually) mentioned the obvious: close your supply line and bleed excess CO2 from the keg. Sometimes a keg ...
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How do you tame a 'foamy' keg?

I found an awesome resource: Draft Beer Quality. They have a very nifty pdf Manual that you can download for free!
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How do you tame a 'foamy' keg?

Another something to look at: your beerline. Check for flaws, sharp bends, particles. Check your taps as well, as an imperfection there might cause the problem.
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