Hands on Review: Intertap Forward Sealing Faucets and Accessories!

Intertap Faucets are a forward sealing faucet.  The forward sealing design helps prevent sticking.  Intertap Faucets have a unique modular, threaded spout design which can fit a variety of attachments including a growler filler, stout spout and ball lock post.  Additional, related options are available including shanks and a self closing faucet spring.


A great deal: As of this posting, CRAFT’R has the stainless version marked down to just $26.93.  Shipping is also free to addresses in the lower 48 states with a $39 order.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Intertap Forward Sealing Stainless Steel Faucet

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About Intertap’s unique forward sealing design, via MoreBeer: “Other forward sealing faucets use a floating o-ring, which is just as sanitary but requires the o-ring to move inside the faucet body in order to seal correctly. This can become a problem as the faucet ages. Intertap faucets use a sliding shuttle that guides the o-ring into the perfect position every time.”

There are four different faucets available: Chrome plated, stainless steel, stainless steel with flow control, and gold plated stainless steel with flow control.

I went with the forward sealing stainless steel Intertap

A look at the front of the faucet

Close up of the front

Side view

Side view

One of the cool design features of these faucets is their modular spout.  The spout is threaded and interchanges with other spouts and accessories.  Here is the standard spout removed from the faucet body.  This is also makes these a bit more cleanable vs a Perlick.

A look at the inside of the faucet body.  Notice the o-ring.  That’s there to create a good seal with spouts and accessories.

Stout spout installed

Ball lock body installed.  This allows you to fill kegs directly from your faucet.  You could also rig up jumpers and more.  One thought I had was to rig up CO2 line and use this for flushing with CO2 prior to beer transfer.  That would allow you to flush the entire beer line along with the keg.  Since this feeds to your liquid out tube, you would be purging from the bottom up.  Note that to do this you would need to use a liquid ball lock QD.

Close up of the ball lock post accessory.This was during the process of upgrading faucets.  Here is the new Intertap on the right and the old Perlick (525SS) on the left.Here is the Intertap with a stout nozzle installed.  The Perlick continues to look the same :).Here is the Intertap with a growler filling attachment installed.  A length of 1/2″ ID tubing fits on this to actually use it for filling up a growler.

Here is the Intertap with a ball lock attachment installed.

All four faucets upgraded to Intertaps.

The growler filler is handy for more than just filling growlers.  I purchased three of these so I could using them to aid in line cleaning.  In this photo I’m cleaning and sanitizing using my keg line cleaner.  I’m actually cleaning three lines at once.  All three faucets have a growler filling attachment installed on them.  I’m using a Brew Hardware Ball Lock QD Jumper on the inside.  I would say three lines is pretty much the limit for the pump I’m using.I also have Intertaps on my commercially built kegerator.  I have the faucet springs installed on these.Faucet close up on the kegerator.

A note about the flow control version of this faucet: The Intertap with flow control includes an adjustable flow compensator.  That flow compensator allows you to adjust the resistance your faucet is exerting.  That means less tubing and potentially less foaming and wasted beer. The compensation feature also makes it easier to serve higher carbonation beers as you can set the faucet to provide resistance to offset the increased pressure needed to store these beers.  The flow control faucet is also forward sealing and works with all available spout accessories.

Conclusions

These are awesome faucets.  Beautifully built and well thought out.  Available accessories are helpful.  These faucets also feel rock solid with you’re operating them.  Smooth and steady operation.

Considering general price, build quality, features, available attachments and operation, I’m going to go ahead and same these are game-changers.

Intertap Faucets and Accessories at MoreBeer

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