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Tapped v Kicked/Floated

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TravisMBinns, Apr 22, 2013.

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  1. TravisMBinns

    TravisMBinns Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Illinois

    Do other people get as annoyed as I do when they order a beer that was just "tapped" only to have the server/bartender look at you and say "No sir, we just tapped that, there is no more"?
    How many people out there think the word "tapped" is a synonym for a keg that is empty? Maybe I'm in the minority?
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Can't say that has ever happened to me.
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  3. Tmonk13

    Tmonk13 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    That's just as annoying as ordering a beer that's on the updated draft list as of current date and the tap handle is still up there for said beer and the server comes back and says that they kicked that a few days prior. What the hell man.
  4. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (589) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    I always tell customers a keg just kicked when it is empty.
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  5. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Kicked means it's empty, tapped means it is 'on tap'.

    Anyone who says otherwise is a dummy.
  6. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,525) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Watch out, you might be called a beer snob by using such terminology. It's all about being politically correct nowadays.
  7. fritts211

    fritts211 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee

    I occasionally translate dummy as a side job. I normally assume when I hear someone say "tapped" in reference to "we currently have no more of said beer in keg," they normally are using it in the fashion of "tapped out."

    And yes, it does bother me to hear it used in such a fashion.
  8. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (905) Jan 8, 2004 California

    So, what the heck is, "Floated"?
  9. Doc_Hops

    Doc_Hops Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    for me-

    "we just kicked the keg" means the keg just ran out.
    "we just tapped the keg" means we just opened up a brand new keg and there is plenty of beer in it.
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  10. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Aspirant (262) Jan 2, 2013 Idaho

    yes, this annoys the hell out of me
    tapped= filled keg attached to a coupler and ready to pour.
    kicked= a keg with no more beer inside.
    floated= a keg that had been in an icebath. when the keg is empty, the water will displace it and it will float to the top.
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  11. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (476) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've only heard the term "kicked" used for that.
  12. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I've heard people use "tapped" to mean the keg is empty, but not commonly, and never in a bar.
  13. Apathetiq

    Apathetiq Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2012 Massachusetts

    "This keg is kicked. You need to tap a new one." That is all.
  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Savant (954) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'm guessing it is just a form of "tapped out" which would kinda make sense, but not if you just say "tapped".
  15. Rhettroactive

    Rhettroactive Meyvn (1,463) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Floated - as in the keg is floating in the ice bucket because it's now empty.
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  16. lftwng4

    lftwng4 Initiate (140) Oct 12, 2007 Ohio

    I've heard "tapped" refer to being empty, most commonly like "I'm tapped out, can you buy the next round" etc, but like all things, it's a matter of context.

    /offtopicslightly- Heard a (female) bartender, who had just "kicked" a keg of Horny Goat something or another, say to her co-worker "I just blew the Horny Goat" then she froze when she saw us standing there laughing.
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  17. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Yeah, ya dingus.
  18. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    Floated is common with homebrewers or other party keg situations, because of the description above.
  19. MikeEhrmantraut

    MikeEhrmantraut Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Tennessee

    "Kicked" is the preferred nomenclature, dude. For me anyway.
  20. cg123

    cg123 Initiate (91) Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    You kick kegs and tap asses.
  21. TravisMBinns

    TravisMBinns Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Illinois

    Thank you for the feedback. I'm pretty quiet on this site, but I heard it the other day and was just wondering if others had heard it as often as I have.
  22. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    For me:

    Tapped = The keg is full (or pretty close to full)
    Kicked = The keg is empty
    Floated = Never heard this term used in the context of kegs of beers
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