Tilting – Real Ales


cask auto tilt

Great care should be taken when tilting to avoid disturbing the beer. A cask should never be tilted until approximately one third of its contents have been used. The cask should be tilted by lifting the rear of the cask gently and sliding the scotches closer together, or by use of a tilting appliance. A difference of 2.1/2″ to 3″ between the vertical height of front and rear chocs is quite sufficient to allow the maximum contents of the cask to be dispensed. Although this may vary slightly according to the size of cask, a greater degree of tilt will usually cause the inner end of the tap to rise out of the beer, thus risking hazy beer.

Auto Tilting

Although traditional stillaging is still used, our engineers recommend the use of Auto Stillaging for both ease and profit. These will save you money by reducing ullage to a minimum. Floor standing Auto Tilt stillages are designed to sit directly on the floor and replace your existing wooden stillages .The stillages are usually zinc plated which offers resistance to corrosion in any damp cellar.


  1. Why use an auto-stilt device? Why not create a device that holds the cask in a fixed position – that position being the same as the most extended position that an auto-tilt offers?

      • Of course, thx. I’m new and learning. Not to reinvent the wheel here, but wouldn’t this be solved if firkins were redesigned with shives 1/3 the way up the vessel (instead of instead of 1/2 way up).

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