Do I Need a Stout Faucet to Dispense Stout Beer?

A stout beer poured from a stout faucet

During the colder months of the year, stout beer is in high demand – but do you need a stout faucet to serve it properly? While there are DIY methods out there from hobbyist home brewers, you’ll need special equipment to get that classic creamy head on a stout pour. Without the right faucet, the beer can become extremely foamy, ruining the presentation and taste.

In this blog, we’ll explore how stout faucets work to create a perfectly smooth flavor and that beautiful cascading effect that customers love. Read on to find out everything you need to know to start pouring stouts or nitro beers this season.

What is a Stout Faucet?

A stout beer faucet is a specialty dispensing faucet. While standard faucets are designed to dispense a range of beer types, stout faucets are required for stouts or other nitro beers. This is because they help stouts and other nitrogenous beers retain their intended flavor while producing a traditional foam head.

Stout beer faucets have a much smaller opening than standard faucets to ensure a precise pour. This smaller opening forces the beer to pour slower, which helps produce a creamier mouthfeel and a richer flavor. This is why using a special faucet for nitrogenous beers is so important – without it, you’ll have a pint glass full of foam, a wasted keg, and some unhappy customers.

How Do Stout Faucets Work?

A smaller opening is important for stout beer faucets, but it’s not the only necessary feature. Stout faucets are also equipped with a restrictor disc that helps break the nitrogen out of the beer. Breaking the nitrogen helps create the famous cascading effect that everyone loves to witness.

Stout beers also require a 75% Nitrogen and 25% CO2 gas blend with a dispense pressure of 38 pounds. You can find cylinders of mixed gas with local distributors. Your gas cylinder supplier may have some available, and gas or welding supply stores will typically offer this mix as well. It’s important to get a gas mix that is beverage-safe, so make sure you request the correct type of mixed gas.

In addition to finding the right mixed gas, you’ll also need to find out if the gas cylinder has a valve for a nitrogen regulator or a CO2 regulator. If the cylinder has a nitrogen valve and you already have a CO2 regulator, you can use a regulator adaptor on the CO2 regulator to safely use the nitrogen valve cylinder.

Pour Perfect Stouts with a Stout Faucet from A Head for Profits

If you’re looking to add some delicious craft stout beers to your menu, A Head for Profits can help. We can provide you with a stout faucet and additional draft system equipment to keep your pours perfect year-round. Stouts and nitro beers are especially common during the colder months, and by adding a stout faucet to your bar you can take advantage of the seasonal profits and keep customers warm and cheerful.

Let A Head for Profits help with all your draft needs, from stouts and beyond. We can help with beer line cleaning, equipment installations, and anything you need to keep your bar or restaurant running smoothly. Give us a call at 1-855-502-7936 to get started – we’ll make sure your draft system is fully equipped to keep your customers satisfied.

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