Glycol Beer Systems

Glycol Chillers



Rapids carries the best selection of quality Glycol Chillers in a variety of sizes to best suit your needs. Trust our experience and industry expertise to help you set up your long draw beer cooling system when you're serving beer in a different place than your kegs are stored. Rapids is here to help you determine the size of Glycol Chiller and setup you will need to serve your beer cold from the keg.

Get all the equipment that you need to create and assemble the ideal glycol-cooling system for your bar, restaurant, pub, or tavern so your customers and patrons can enjoy a perfectly chilled mug of draft beer.

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What is a Glycol Chiller System?

A glycol cooling system is a type of long-draw system that is commonly used in bars, taverns, and pubs. In general, a long-draw system helps provide ice-cold beer to places relatively far from where kegged beer is stored. To put it simply, a long-draw system is designed for high-volume beer dispensing in that it depends on a walk-in cooler to store tapped kegs of beer, beer lines that run several feet, and a means of keeping the beer cold between the walk-in and the dispensing point.

There are two common types of beer systems used in bars, taverns, pubs, and and even restaurants to provide cold draft beer to customers or patrons: forced-air systems and glycol beer-cooling systems.  

In a glycol cooler system, beer passes through tubes to a chiller plate and becomes cold. The chilling process works by forcing a cold liquid (glycol) along tubes to a chiller plate, which is usually cast aluminum, and then through the tap system, thereby keeping the beer cold. The glycol never actually comes in contact with the beer.

How Do Glycol Cooling Systems Work?

So how exactly does a glycol beer chiller work? Glycol is a non-evaporating refrigeration liquid. Its properties allow it to achieve cold temperatures without freezing. In a glycol beer system, the multiple beer lines are combined side by side with glycol lines, which are, in turn, bundled inside an insulating foam rubber tube. By chilling the liquid glycol and pumping it into lines that run alongside the beer lines, the beer is chilled and maintained within one degree of the temperature in the walk-in cooler.

Advantages of Glycol Chillers Compared to Forced-Air Chillers

We recommend glycol-cooled draft beer systems for those looking for longer beer runs for their tavern, pub, or bar. Why? Forced-air systems work great but are often limited to shorter beer lines. Glycol cooling systems, on the other hand, work well at greater distances and are excellent for beer lines that run up to twenty-five feet or more. It is common knowledge that beer should be kept cold all the way to the faucet or dispenser; otherwise, the quality, taste, and texture of the beer will greatly suffer. Glycol beer systems that are properly designed, installed, maintained, and used properly work perfectly and waste little beer. This means the ideal chilled draft beer that will make your customers happy.

Assemble Your Bar or Tavern's Glycol Cooling System—For Less!

We provide a variety of equipment and parts for anyone looking to assemble the perfect glycol beer chiller for their bar, tavern, pub, restaurant, or any other facility. Choose from a wide range of glycol chillers, glycol units, trunk lines for glycol systems, beer switches, wall brackets and splitters, pumps and motors, glycol-line installation kits, all at competitive prices!

Need More Help? No Problem!

Many of our expert Sales Representatives have years of experience in the food-service and beer industries before coming to join us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here in our website, at one of our convenient locations, or even in our frequently mailed catalogs, and you need more help, please feel free to contact us, and one of our knowledgeable Rapids Wholesale Sales Representatives will immediately assist you in locating the products that you need.

Glycol System Diagram