Review: Intertap Flow Control Faucet
Intertap makes a wide range of taps from chrome plated to solid stainless steel. They are comparable to Perlicks but will save you a few bucks. I originally was going to cheap out and go with chrome plated until I read about how quickly they go bad. Ultimately I decided to go with the Intertap flow control faucet.
The Intertap flow control faucet keeps the elixir flowing at the perfect speed. The construction is similar to a standard tap but with a knob on the side for controlling flow. Simply moving it up or down will increase or decrease the flow. It works really well for keeping the foam down on all brews without changing your beer lines for different types. I’ve been able to pour all my beers with minimal over foam without changing beer lines yet. This is especially handy at the bottom of the keg as most things get pretty foamy.
The construction on these is solid stainless steel with a forward sealing design. The forward seal keeps the body full of beer and keeps it from drying out. These are really heavy duty with no play in the pull handles or knobs. Apparently, some taps tend to stick when not used for a bit. I’ve had no issues with any sticking even with a full week between pours.
An Intertap flow control faucet fits all standard size shanks. Intertap makes a self-closing shank but I’ve been told it doesn’t work with the flow control model. I went with a standard stainless steel four-inch tap. It fit perfectly and didn’t break the bank. Don’t forget a faucet wrench as you won’t be able to tighten your faucets without scratching them.
The most interesting thing about the Intertap is its screw-on spigot. The taps nozzles can be screwed off and replaced with a growler filler or stout faucet. Technically the stout faucet is for a nitro setup but works on a straight CO2 setup. It really keeps the pour perfect and I swear it tastes better. I don’t have a growler filler yet but I’ll update my review if I get one.
Everything seems to be replaceable on the Intertap flow control faucet. I don’t expect the stainless steel to go bad but they have a good price on replacing any seals or O-rings that do go out. I haven’t had to replace anything yet but find it reassuring I won’t have to buy a brand new tap when something breaks.
The price on these is really good considering all the features. These run slightly more than the basic stainless faucets but are worth the extra few bucks to avoid beer line changes. They are cheaper than Perlicks with all the bells and whistles. Try to buy in sets as many places give a multi-buy discount.
I do have a few gripes. My main complaint would be that the auto shut off shank doesn’t work with these and I know at some point a tap will get left open. This isn’t specific to this faucet as I believe many don’t include them but I really laugh at the fact the $2 tap handles aren’t included. Overall though I am satisfied and plan to fill out my last few taps with another Intertap flow control faucet or two. Feel free to check out my full keezer build for ideas on building your own.
- Solid Stainless Steel
- Cheaper Than Perlick
- Ability Control Flow With Twist Of A Knob
- Changeable Tap Heads
- Works With Standard Taps
- Won’t Work With Intertap Auto Shut Shanks