Intertap stainless steel beer faucet

Intertap stainless steel beer faucet

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Most "standard" beer faucets use a rear sealing design where the beer that is left in the faucet after being shut off must drain through a vent hole. That creates an ideal place for airborne bacteria and yeast to reproduce creating an unsanitary condition. Intertap faucets seal at the front which keeps bacteria and wild yeast out of the interior of the faucet.

Similar to the original (now discontinued) Vent-Matic forward sealing faucets, Intertap faucets use a sliding shuttle (instead of a ball as per the Perlick design) that some find makes a more reliable seal. We find this to be true, especially at lower pressures. That said, we've been using both style of faucets (ball and shuttle) for many years now: Six shuttle style Vent-Matics in our various basement bars since 2007, and two ball style Perlicks on our sunroom kegerator since 2015. Generally speaking both work well. If we had to buy all over again today, we'd probably go with Intertap however (they were not available at the time we purchased the Perlicks).

Intertap faucets also offer accessories like a self-closing spring, growler fillers, a stout spout, and a ball lock fitting for attaching counter pressure fillers and beer guns. We don't use any of these accessories. 

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