• Top Draw® Beer Pick Up Tube

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Item #: R47
Our Price: $18.99
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Description 

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 23" 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 you are done.  For shorter kegs, cut the silicone tube to length.

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 Top Draw 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 22" of tubing, stainless float with attached pickup tube, and short replacement stainless beer dip tube with seating O ring. 

Made from 304 stainless steel, and the silicone hose is made in Texas to our exacting USA food grade standards.

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by Paul Lindsey
on 5/21/2020
from OR
works great so far
Using it for the first time on a wheat based beer and it is working great.  But still early as the keg is still more then half full.   Time will tell.  But it was easy to install and so far so goox.
by Wayne
on 5/7/2020
from CO
I am drinking clear beer!
I just installed 2 of these. I had a little difficulty with the first one, getting the plastic tubing on the steel insert. I used a bit of keg lube for the 2nd one and it slid right on. I paired this with check valves on the CO2 so no worries about backflow. The dip tubes make a great CO2 in tube and speed up carbonation. After 3 days under pressure the beer is drinkable!
by Wayne
on 11/4/2019
from Minnesota
Fits into Sanke fitting
I use this for fermenting in a Sanke keg. I have modified a 2" tri-clamp cover to accept a corny fitting. The ball fits through the opening in a standard Sanke opening (spear removed). Works like a champ, transfers to a standard keg after cold crashing very well. Just stop the transfer when I see yeast in the transfer tube. Great product. I have 3 and will be ordering more when they are in stock.
by Paul Pedersen
on 10/19/2019
from Somerville, Alabama
Excellent Customer Service
I bought five of these.  All of them had tubing that would not reach the bottom of a five gallon corny keg.  The tubing was about two inches too short.  Contacted Williams Brewing and they had replacements sent to me within a few days.  The two that I have in use right now work as advertised.
by Andrew
on 7/31/2019
from Iowa
Very handy product.
Not exactly original, as I've been using this type of hardware for over a year, but still a very useful product. This is a piece originally used by the Fermentasaurus system, but that company has had supply chain problems. 
Glad to see Williams stepping up to try and keep it available!

This definitely helps with pouring super-clear beer as fast as possible. It also helps avoid the problem of pouring stirred-up sediment from the bottom after you move a keg around.
With this, my latest lager was pouring crystal-clear on after just 3 days in the keg at 45F. (first day to chill and carb at 40PSI, second day add gelatin, third day crystal clear). A bottom dip tube would have taken significantly longer to pour clear.

Also, the longer (3-4") dip tube included with the Williams version makes it SIGNIFICANTLY easier to assemble than my first one that had a very short gas-side tube.  
I ordered 3 more. 
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Andy
1/27/2020 11:01:27 AM
I have a different system similar to Top Draw and found leaving sanitizer (properly diluted) for 1 month caused issues for the tubing and gaskets. Would you expect issues leaving StarSans in a keg with TopDraw between refills (sometimes 1-2 months)?
The TopDraw™ is made of FDA approved silicone tubing and type 304 stainless. We have not tested this, Five Star Chemicals, the maker of Star San, may have more insight.
Jon
1/24/2020 12:25:16 PM
Will this fit down the neck of your 6 gallon PET carboy?
Only the 6 or 7 gallon Fermonster wide mouth PET carboys.
John
12/25/2019 5:56:47 PM
I'm getting a lot of foam. Pressure is less than 5psi. Where does it come from?
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.
Chuck
9/19/2019 9:22:31 AM
How long is the short stainless diptube?
One and a half inches long.
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