uKeg How-To Info

Care and Use

Read below for info and details on using, cleaning and caring for your uKeg pressurized growler. Download our manuals and guides or watch our videos for more info. Still have a question? Feel free to contact us for additional customer service support.

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How to Use the uKeg

uKeg First Use Primer


Carbonation Guide

No one likes flat beer, but too much fizz in the wrong beer isn't very good either. The chart below should help you choose the right carbonation for your brew. And keep in mind, this is just a guide, you can always experiment to suit your own taste!

Beer Type PSI
Stouts, Porters, Cream Ales, Barley Wines 3-6 PSI
Brown Ales, Ambers, Red Ales 5-8 PSI
IPAs, Pale Ales, Wheat Beers, Other Ales 7-10 PSI
Lagers, Pilsners, Ciders, Kombuchas 9-12 PSI
Wine 12-15 PSI

Quick Start Guide

Install cartridge
1. Install cartridge
  • Before heading out.
  • Ensure dial is in off position.
Charge Cap
2. Charge Cap
  • Tighten sleeve quickly and firmly.
  • Sleeve does not need to bottom out.
Fill uKeg
3. Fill uKeg
  • First, rinse with cold water.
  • Fill from the bottom with fill-tube.
Cap uKeg
4. Cap uKeg
  • Turn pressure up to desired setting.
Cap uKeg
5. Pour and Enjoy
  • Tilt glass, hold close to the spout.
  • Open tap completely, let go.

DO NOT

Do Not open sleeve when cartridge contains pressure.
Do not open sleeve when cartridge contains pressure.
Do not use without CO2 cartridge.
Do not use without CO2 cartridge.
Do not turn pressure off when full
Do not turn off pressure when uKeg is full. Doing this does not save CO2.
Store or transport on side or shake
Do not store or transport uKeg on its side or shake.

Quick Clean Guide

Hand Wash Only
Remove cap and rinse uKeg with hot water
1. Remove cap and rinse uKeg with hot water (< 120° F).
  • Repeat 3 times
Rinse cap and sleeve
2. Rinse cap and sleeve with hot water (< 120° F).
Shake with tap open, facing downward
3. Shake with tap open, facing downward
  • Water may or may not come out of tap.
  • Repeat until water runs clean.
Fill with hot water and baking soda
4. Fill with warm water under 120° F and 1 cleaning tablet.*
  • Shake well.
    *Baking soda is acceptable substitute.
Install cap, charge briefly, flow a little water through tap, close tap.
5. Install cap, charge briefly, flow a little water through tap, close tap.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Then open tap until uKeg is empty or pressure runs out.
Empty bottle and rinse all parts.
6. Empty bottle and rinse all parts.
  • Thoroughly rinse tap lock.
  • Move lock several times during rinse.
Allow to dry, and store with cap off and tap open in a dry place.
7. Allow to dry, and store with cap off and tap open in a dry place.

How to Use the Regulator Cap

Regulator CapHere are some additional instructions on how to use the regulator cap:

The current cap design has a safety feature to relieve pressure from the uKeg through the top and sides of the cap if needed. It also relieves pressure in the uKeg if the selector dial is in the OFF position. To get the best performance out of your Regulator Cap, please follow these suggestions:

  1. Turn the regulator on to your desired pressure as soon as you put the cap on. This will disengage the relief and pressurize the bottle.
  2. Don't turn off the regulator while storing or transporting the uKeg (unless to remove the cap). This will not save CO2, but will actually vent the pressure inside and may draw beer up into the regulator.
  3. Transport and store the uKeg upright when it's full. If the uKeg is left on its side, beer may seep into the relief mechanism and cause the regulator to malfunction.




If beer happens to seep in through the relief mechanism, you may see it dripping from the sides of the cap. Don't worry, your cap is not broken. But if the beer dries in the regulator, you may find that it leaks CO2 constantly or won't pressurize the uKeg. You'll need to clean your cap, which is an easy and safe job that can be done in about 5 minutes.


Additional Videos

uKeg Perfect Pour
uKeg Cap Maintenance
Changing the Tap Handle
uKeg Polishing
uKeg Tap Maintenance
uKeg Pressure Gauge Maintenance
uKeg Gooseneck Maintenance
Maintaining the Cap Seals
Removing the Sight Tube
uKeg Carrying Bag Demonstration