Beer and tower tap always sticks?

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penutbuttrdeath

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Ive only kegged 3 times and i have a double tower tap. If i wait a day to pour a beer the taps always stick and i have to almost force the tap open, but once the beer starts flowing the tap slides back and forth like butter. I would expect some stickyness from the beer but its just seems like it sticks more than it should. All the beers are low FG... Must be the cheap tap tower i have.


Wouldnt be a big deal but i didnt realize i was out of a beer in the keg and the tap handle wasnt closed all the way due to the stickyness and lost all the co2 in the tank.
 

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Standard taps are more geared towards continuous use. Often in the home brew situation they don't get used often enough to not get stuck/sticky.

Perlick brand forward-sealing faucets are a different design, which is not as prone to sticking. It is easily the preferred faucet design for home tap setups.
 
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I should be drinking it enough that I dont have a sticky issue... But AA meetings might effect my social life. Thanks for the perlick option.
 

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I should be drinking it enough that I dont have a sticky issue... But AA meetings might effect my social life. Thanks for the perlick option.
Another vote for perlicks.. I had the others at first and every tap sticked the next day, some beers worse than others. One trick you can try is putting grain alcohol or vodka in a small spray bottle and spray up the faucet holding a rag under it. This will loosen it up every day until you get the perlicks :)

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Another option is to keep a spray bottle of vodka, cheap gin or pre-diluted StarSan around. Then place a dish rag under the faucet & spray out the inside once a evening.
 
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