Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

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  • Price: $17.99
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Do you want to drink the clearest beer possible from your keg as quickly as possible? The Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube fits any ball or pin lock keg, and replaces the rigid stainless dip tube with a stainless float pick up on a food grade silicone hose. This flexible hose holds a 1" stainless beer pickup tube which is held 1" below the surface of the beer by the float.  As the level of the beer in the keg drops, the pick up tube remains 1" below the surface, always drawing the clearest beer all the way until empty.  The stainless float ball itself is 1.75" in diameter.

Installs in a couple minutes - just unscrew the beer post on your ball lock keg, insert the provided short pick up tube, and attach the silicone tubing to the underside of the tube. Now dangle the hole assembly in the keg and cut the tubing so the float rests on the bottom of the keg.   32" of tubing are included, to fit everything from a Kegmenter to a 2.5 gallon keg.

Note: you will need to cut the tubing to size for most applications.

If you carbonate by C02 injection, you can also convert your keg to one that carbonates quicker, and clears faster. To do this (Cornelius threaded post kegs only), unscrew both posts and remove both dip tubes. Then on the IN side of the keg, install the long beer pickup tube and screw on the GAS side fitting (the one with a notch on the base nut).  Then on the OUT side of the keg, install the Top Draw® Dip Tube, and screw on the BEER side fitting (the one without a notch in the base nut).  Now when you attach the C02 to carbonate, it will bubble up from the bottom of the keg, carbonating quicker. When you dispense, the floating dip tube will make sure you get only the clearest beer from near the surface.

The only downside to this switch is your gas line is connected to a beer dip tube, and if the pressure in your gas line drops to less than the pressure in the keg, your gas line will fill with beer. This can be prevented with a ball or pin lock check valve like our items P77 and P78, or with an in line check valve like our item D37.

Includes 23" of tubing, 304 grade stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring.  

Average rating 9.40740740740741 out of 10 ( based on 27 reviews )

It tends to suck CO2.

Review by Robert Voss on 5/8/2021

This floating dip tube works well most of the time. Unfortunately, it tends to float too well and then the intake draws CO2 instead of beer. I solved the problem by slipping a stainless steel 3/4 inch nut onto the hose. Now it works fine.

Top draw

Review by Ray Oechslin on 3/15/2021

Works perfectly. Nice clear beer and no stoppages so far. Good economical way to get clear beer

Excellent item

Review by Dwayne on 11/30/2020

After purchasing the Fermzilla and seeing how great the floating pickup tube on those worked I replaced 4 of my standard dip tubes with 2 more to be replaced with this floating dip tube. Zero issues and clean clear beer. Will never return to the standard.

Flawed Design?

Review by RC on 10/21/2020

I bought two. Neither of them float below the surface. The pickup tube sits on the surface-- sometimes drawing beer and other times drawing just co2. No idea what I'm doing wrong. William's Brewing Responds: If one draws C02, shake the keg a bit to settle the pickup tube below the float.

Flawed design

Review by Jesse on 10/13/2020

Not sure what the deal is but occasionally the diptube doesn't fully submerge and pulls co2 through the line causing to pour nothing but gas or foam. It doesn't always happen but when it does it's frustrating. Usually happens when filling a growler. I actually opened the keg to replace it with a normal diptube and that's what I saw. It's a bummer because it's such a nice and simple idea/design, but it just doesn't quite cut it.

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Mar 22, 2021 by duh

Q: What internal diameter of the tubing?

A: This flexible thin wall tubing is .26" in interior diameter, with a wall thickness of .045".

Dec 25, 2019 by John

Q: I'm getting a lot of foam. Pressure is less than 5psi. Where does it come from?

A: It sounds like your beer is over carbonated. Try shutting off your regulator and slowly releasing the pressure in the keg by pulling up on the ring on the pressure release valve on the keg lid.Make sure the beer is cold enough. Get the temperature below 40°F. Let it sit for a 20 minutes then try and draw out some beer. Don't turn the regulator on again until the beer stops flowing, then turn it back on and set it to 3-5 PSI.

Sep 19, 2019 by Chuck

Q: How long is the short stainless diptube?

A: One and a half inches long.

Jun 19, 2019 by D

Q: What temperature is this rated for? Would it withstand boiling wort?

A: We have not tested it, but it is consists of silicone tubing and stainless steel, both of which can survive boiling. The tubing will probably get very soft and may not be rigid enough to function when boiling.

Jun 10, 2019 by codebrewer

Q: Does anyone know if this would fit in a 10 gallon corny keg?

A: It should, we do not have a 10 gallon here to test with, but if the gas dip tube is a 1/4" diameter stainless tube, it should fit. You may have to buy more feet of tubing to reach the bottom of the keg.

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