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FAQs

How Does It Work?

Tap-A-Draft uses patented technology and food-grade cartridges to help keep your beverages fresh and dispensing properly.  As your drink is poured through the Tap-A-Draft System, gas is allowed to enter the bottle to maintain the pressure in the container.  For carbonated beverages like beer and soda, using CO2 cartridges, the Tap-A-Draft System keeps the level of carbonation accurate and the taste fresh.  Using Nitrous or Argon cartridges with wine will create a barrier to help prevent oxidization of the beverage.

The latest model of Tap-A-Draft uses one 16-gram cartridge to maintain and dispense one 6-liter bottle of your favorite beverage.

Can I force carbonate a beverage?

Yes, you may use the Tap-A-Draft System to force carbonate a beverage.  This, however, will require more than one CO2 cartridge over several days.  You would fill the bottle and put on the dispenser per the instructions.  You would then pierce your first CO2 cartridge and refrigerate your beverage.  Over the next 2 to 3 days, the CO2 will be released into the beverage.  When the bottle feels "soft", the CO2 cartridge has been dispensed into the beverage.  The CO2 cartridge can then be removed and a new CO2 cartridge can be put into the system.  Repeat this until the bottle stays "firm".  This will mean your beverage is carbonated and ready to dispense.

*** Please note that when the bottle is "firm", it usually means there is still gas left in the cartridge.  If removed, you will most likely get some "hissing" and feel pressure from the cartridge.  Please use caution.

Most home brewers prefer to use priming sugar to carbonate their brew, and then wait to install the dispenser until the beverage is naturally carbonated.  However, some people do like to "force carbonate" beverages like juices for the kids.

Does it matter what size cartridges I use?

Yes.  Our latest model tap (black) uses one 16-gram cartridge.  Not all 16-gram cartridges are the same, and should be purchased for use with your Tap-A-Draft System.  Our older model tap (white) uses two 8-gram cartridges.  These cartridges and cartridge holders ARE NOT interchangeable.  To help insure proper functionality, please use only approved cartridges.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-719-687-5557 or e-mail us at [email protected]

Are the older BLUE Bottles compatible with the 16-gram Tap-A-Draft dispenser?

No.  Unfortunately, the older BLUE Bottles will not tighten enough onto the 16-gram Tap-A-Draft dispenser to seal properly.  Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Things to remember regarding the Tap-A-Draft Bottle:


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If you have other questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 1-719-687-5557.



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