Getting Started Instructions

Cleaning and Sanitation

Thorough cleaning of the unit is one of the most important things for maintaining beer quality and longevity of the unit. Buildup of bacteria and dirt can have an adverse effect on the quality of your beer, the operation of the unit, and possibly your health.  We recommend cleaning the hoses, faucets, and keg couplers before using the unit the first time, and after each use.  Cleaning kits are available from local beer suppliers and online retailers.

To clean the unit, please follow these instructions:

  1. Mix the cleaning solution with warm water per the cleaning kit instructions.
  2. Remove the keg couplers and attach the hose from the cleaning unit to the beer supply hoses.
  3. Pressurize the pump and run the cleaning solution through the lines by opening the faucets.
  4. Once all the beer in the supply lines is flushed out, close the faucets and allow the hoses to soak.
  5. Soak the keg couplers in a separate container of cleaning solution.
  6. After soaking both the couplers and hoses for approximately one hour, pump all of the water out of the lines.
  7. It is recommended to also sanitize your unit after cleaning. In order to do that you will need the cleaning pump and sanitation chemicals. Mix the sanitation chemicals using the manufacturers recommended ratio and pump this solution through the beer dispenser as described above.

Serving Setup

To set up the unit to serve beer, follow these steps:

  1. If needed, attach faucet(s) to unit by finger-tightening the faucet sleeve(s) onto the faucet thread(s) while holding the faucet vertical. Use a spanner wrench to fully tighten the faucet sleeve.
  2. For My New Friend II, attach the drain hose to the barbed fitting on the back of the unit, making sure the other end of the hose is at a lower level so it will drain properly.
  3. Open the ice bin lid on top of the unit and pour at least 20 pounds of ice into the bin. Close and latch the lid.
  4. Attach the hoses from CO2 bottle(s) to the keg coupler(s), making sure the CO2 line attaches to the threaded fitting on the side(s) of the coupler(s). Make sure the hose connection(s) have rubber seal(s) inside.
  5. Attach the beer supply hose(s) from unit to the top of the keg coupler(s).  Make sure the hose connection(s) have rubber seal(s) inside.
  6. Secure the keg coupler(s) to the top of the keg(s).
  7. Fully open the gate valve(s) on top of the CO2 bottle(s). If needed, use a coin or blade screwdriver to adjust the CO2 pressure to approximately 20 PSI.
  8. Activate beer flow to the faucet(s) by pulling outward on the keg coupler handle, then pushing downward until it locks into place.
  9. Once the unit is in place for serving, we recommend allowing it to sit still for 10-15 minutes before dispensing beer.
  10. Dispense beer by pulling the faucet lever forward (toward you). There is normally foaming for the first few pours. It may be necessary to dispense a small amount of beer (approximately 24-48 oz.) until the quality of beer improves. Adjustment of the CO2 pressure may also be required for optimum quality.

Replacing a Keg or CO2 Bottle

To replace a keg:

  • Fully close the gate valve on top of the CO2 bottle.
  • Deactivate the keg pressure by pulling out on the keg coupler handle, then lifting up until it locks into place.
  • Remove the keg coupler from the old keg.
  • Install the new keg, then repeat steps 6-10 above.

To replace a CO2 bottle:

  • Fully close the gate valve on top of the bottle.
  • Deactivate the keg pressure by pulling out on the keg coupler handle, then lifting up until it locks into place.
  • Remove the CO2 bottle regulator and attach a new CO2 bottle to the regulator.
  • Fully open the gate valve on top of the CO2 bottle. If needed, use a coin or blade screwdriver to adjust the CO2 pressure.
  • Reactivate the beer flow to the faucet by pulling outward on the keg coupler handle, then pushing it down until it locks into place.

Transport

Once finished dispensing beer, follow these steps before transporting the unit.

  1. Fully close the gate valve(s) on top of the CO2 bottle(s).
  2. Deactivate keg pressure by pulling out on the keg coupler handle, then lifting up until it locks into place.
  3. Pull the faucet lever(s) forward to empty any remaining beer in the supply line(s).
  4. If desired, remove and/or store the faucet(s) for storage during transport.
  5. Disconnect the beer supply hose(s).
  6. If needed, open the ice bin lid and remove remaining ice from the bin.
  7. If needed, empty the drain hose and disconnect from rear of unit.