Running a bar is a dream for many people. The truth is, however, that running a successful bar isn’t just about creating an amazing experience for your customers. It takes a remarkable amount of work and an extensive amount of business acumen.

Draft beer is a high profit item and it’s important to know what a draft beer system is all about. First, there are six main components: cooler, keg, coupler, gas, tubing, and faucet—it can get more complex, but that’s the basic setup. These six pieces all work together in a delicate harmony to ensure that the beer served to you is properly chilled and carbonated, with an appropriate foamy head.

You also need to know how important it is to clean and maintain your draft system as well. Bacteria and wild yeast growing in the beer line will spoil the aroma and flavour of the beer. At a minimum, you should clean your draught line every two weeks with an alkaline detergent cleaner to remove protein and films that build up quickly. The cleaning chemical should be recirculated through the product line for a minimum of 15 minutes at a velocity up to two gallons/minute.