A big complaint with mini kegs since they have been gaining in popularity is the amount of foam you get with each pour. When you read reviews of min beer dispensers on Amazon they are riddled with this same complaint. In this post I hope to clarify the process of pouring beer from a mini keg to reduce excess foaming.
Step 1. Chill the beer
This is the most important step, warm beer = foamy beer. You do not want to buy a keg the same night you plan on drinking it. Buy it the day before and stick it in the fridge or your mini keg dispenser and let it chill for 10-12 hrs.
Step 2. Pour it clean
Make sure the glass you are using is nice and clean. You don’t want any residue or particles in your beer to disrupt the pour or your beers taste.
Step 3. Pour at an angle
When preparing to pour the beer align your glass at a little more than a 45 degree angle. Angling your glass reduces agitation that will create more foam.
Step 4. Pour it smooth
Pull the tap with one slow smooth motion. Aim the initial pour so it hits the middle of the glass and flows into the bottom of the glass. As the beer pours keep angling the glass till it is almost perpendicular to the keg and then bringing the angle back up as the beer fills.
Step 5. Enjoy Your Fresh Draft Beer
Once you have your full glass with a nice clean pour and about 1-1 ½” of foam on the top its time for that first sip. Skim any excess foam off the top and throw it back. Tastes good doesn’t it?
So there you now have your simple guidelines for pouring the perfect glass from your Heineken mini keg while reducing unwanted foam.