- Cask Beer must always be examined for smell, taste and clarity before connection to the beer dispense equipment, preferably as soon as possible after the beer has had adequate time to fine out (become clear and fit for sale).
- If a beer engine is to be used to raise beer, the peg must be removed to allow air to enter the cask as beer is pulled, but it must be replaced at the end of service till the next session or the beer will lose condition and probably become flat. If CO2 top pressure is to be used (cask breather or aspirator), the peg must be removed and replaced by a gas spigot which should be screwed firmly into the spile hole with its pressure release cap screwed down. Ensure that the gas non return valve is in position before the top pressure pipe is connected.
- Whichever system is employed, the method of connecting a beer pipe to a cask is identical. The beer pipe is transferred from the empty cask to the full one, care being taken to ensure that a hop strainer is in position and in good order.
- If Gas pumps are in use make sure the gas supply is turned on to the pump,otherwise the beer engine will be difficult to pull.
- If top pressure is used, turn on the pressure supply and open the cask tap slowly to prevent disturbance of sediment.
- If not on top pressure, remove the vent peg before operating the cask tap.
Here is a quick overview of Cask Ale.