Tapping and Untapping a Keg

How to tap and untap your office keg. Spoiler alert: you gotta use the coupler and make sure the gas is on!

You know when you look up a recipe online, and you find a blogger who has created exactly what you're looking for, but you have to scroll through their entire life story before you actually get to the recipe? Great! Let's tuck in. I was born on a stormy night in December...LOL JK. This isn't one of those moments. Let's get straight into it!

First, we're going to learn how to untap a keg. Gather round, children!

Step 1

Turn off the gas shut-off valve by setting it to the closed position. 

office keg shut off valve

Step 2

On the coupler - the thing that is tapped to the keg - pull the lever out away from the center of the keg. The handle should now be at a 45 degree angle from the keg and not horizontal. 

office keg handle

Step 3

Steady the keg between your legs (so it doesn't twist around with you) and twist the coupler counterclockwise 190 degrees before pulling the coupler up and away from the keg. There are grooves that will guide the coupler off the keg

how to twist the coupler for your office keg


YAY! You did it! You un-tapped the keg!

Now, let's tap that new keg.  Here's how:

Step 1

If this keg is full, it's gonna be very heavy. First step is getting one or several very strong people to help move it over to the kegerator, if it's not already there. 

Step 2

Grab your coupler. It should be in the open position as pictured below. 

how to open and close your office keg coupler

Step 3

There are two tabs on the keg that will line up with the two grooves on the coupler. When inserting the coupler into the top of the keg, line up the grooves and twist clockwise to lock the coupler in place.

how to line up the office keg grooves in the coupler

Step 4

Once the coupler is in place, pull the handle on the coupler away from the center of the keg and push down to the closed position. 

tap an office keg step by step guide

Step 5

Place a cup under the tap and do a test pour. Then drink that test pour! You've earned it :)

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