How to Clean Your Marvel Beer Dispenser

Video Tutorial: How to Clean Your Marvel Beer Dispenser

Did you know it’s good practice to clean your beer dispenser regularly to prevent foul-tasting beer?  Watch the video as Bob the Beer Engineer demonstrates how to properly clean your Marvel Beer Dispenser with a Tap Cleaning Kit, or follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Cleaning Your Kegerator: A Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Remove keg to begin.
  2. Close gas valve below regulator.
  3. Push and rotate coupler counterclockwise to detach from keg.
  4. Pull coupler pin to release pressure.
  5. Remove plastic hose clamps with needle nose pliers, and detach red hose line.
  6. Remove plastic hose clamps from beer line, and detach from coupler, using twisting and pulling motion to release.
  7. Use spanner wrench provided in the Tap Cleaning Kit to remove the faucet. Place wrench pin into faucet collar hole and turn clockwise.
  8. Remove tap handle and set aside.
  9. Open cleaning solution provided in the Tap Cleaning Kit and place half scoop into the mixing bottle.
  10. Fill mixing bottle halfway with water, and shake carefully until thoroughly mixed.
  11. Attach cleaner hose by rotating faucet collar counterclockwise.
  12. Pump to inject cleaning solution through tap lines, and after all solution has cleared through the lines, remove cleaner hose from the faucet tower.
  13. Clean grate and top sump area with soapy water and dry.
  14. Unscrew faucet assembly and soak in hot water.
  15. Use the brush provided in the Tap Cleaning Kit to scrub stuck-on grime, and allow the parts to dry.
  16. Scrub coupler with hot water and let dry.
  17. Reassemble tap faucet, and reattach to tower. Tighten with spanner wrench, and screw on tap handle. (Make sure it’s pushed back.)
  18. Reattach red gas line and plastic hose clamps to coupler, and snap clamps into place with pliers.
  19. Reattach beer line and plastic hose clamps, securing clamps with pliers.
  20. Now you’re ready for a fresh keg!

Order Tap Cleaning Kit

The Tap Cleaning Kit (Part # 42242373) includes everything to quickly clean your tap, and includes cleaning solution, pump, mixing bottle, brush and wrench.

To order, contact orderdesk@agamarvel.com or call (800) 223-3900.

MARVEL THEN AND NOW: 125 Years of American Manufacturing

A look at one of the oldest refrigeration companies in America

then-nowAmerican manufacturing is an industry with great responsibility – to our people, to our planet and to our economy. It’s rooted in handcrafted quality, where craftsmanship is the defining virtue by which all others are measured.

That’s why this year, we celebrate our 125th anniversary with tremendous gratitude. And it’s a feat that we could not have done on our own.

We’d like to thank our customers for choosing us, our partners for keeping us competitive, and our community for its support. And to our employees, thank you for dedicating your time and talents to make our products something we can all be proud of.

Walk down memory lane with us, as we look back in time at the triumphs (and struggles) our company endured since its early years beginning in the late 1800s.

 

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MARVEL THEN AND NOW: 125 Years of American Manufacturing

First founded as Ranney Refrigeration in 1892, Marvel Refrigeration is built on a foundation of over a century of American-made craftsmanship and a long-ranging history of industry breakthroughs.

Since its beginning producing and delivering ice boxes by horse and buggy—to the precise and rapid Dynamic Cooling Technology of today—Marvel continues to innovate with the principles of preservation science at its very core. Trusted by hospitals, medical facilities, government operations and homes across America, Marvel prides itself in cooling technology so precise that it can store anything from delicate food, wine and beverages to biological lab samples.

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Over the years, Marvel supported troops with vital materials for three wars, refreshed sports stadiums, and protected cold storage assets for hospitals and laboratories. And to this day, Marvel continues to enrich homes and institutions across America with award-winning products, innovative performance and impeccable design.

Today, our company stays true to its roots in American history, with a 175,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the same community it first originated, Greenville, Michigan. We employ over 200 highly-skilled workers, some of whom have family that have worked at our facility for generations.

When you choose Marvel, you’re choosing over 125 years of handcrafted quality and leading innovation in the refrigeration business. You’re choosing American products, and most importantly, you’re choosing the best refrigeration technology available on the market.

Start browsing the new generation of Marvel collections. 

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Chicago brownstone home gets an unlikely kitchen renovation

The kitchen renovation that broke the rules 

When you create a kitchen that defies convention, you likely have a good reason for it. Such was the case for author and food writer Stacey Ballis. A gourmand by passion and profession, Ballis chose to define her kitchen space by tasks, rather than the traditional triangle-shaped layout of today’s standard. Why?

kitchen-8“A lot of people thought we were crazy with the layout of our kitchen,” Ballis explained.

“Choosing to model a home kitchen on a zoned restaurant kitchen takes away all of the “rules” we were taught about home kitchens. So we were already outside the box when we created a zone for both cold and pantry storage, two zones for cooking sharing one prep space and one cleaning space and a separate zone across the room for baking, all of which does require some thought about how to organize yourself.”

A year later, her kitchen is the capable hub of holiday parties, quick weeknight meals and elaborate weekend dishes, and she wouldn’t change a thing.

“It works PERFECTLY.  For the way we cook, it has been a godsend.”

A primary element in her kitchen design is a massive 72″ refrigerator freezer combination unit from Marvel. It spans across the back wall and is positioned for easy access near the food prep work station. And every square inch of its spacious interior is put to full use.

“The 72-inch side by side has completely changed our lives for the better,” Ballis says.

“Suddenly there is room in the freezer to really sock away stuff, so I can finally make big batches of homemade stock like I always wanted to, and not take up the whole freezer.  That includes stashing old bones and carcasses and veggie scraps until I have enough for stock.  I can start prepping for holiday meals a month out.  I can put full sheet trays in the fridge!  The fridge stays organized with the help of a bunch of clear plastic bins, and I always know where everything is.  But I no longer have to remove all of the regular inhabitants when I load in groceries for a big party…everything just fits! Glorious.”

And, in another zone of her kitchen, Ballis chose a 24″ Marvel Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator to preserve her husband’s favorite wine varietals and libation accoutrements.

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“The wine fridge has been really great,” Ballis says.

“Charming Suitor [her husband’s nickname] keeps it full of a variety of everyday wines, as well as the vermouth, Lillet, and other cocktail making supplies that used to take up a ton of room in the regular fridge.”

Ballis also has a 15″ Marvel Single Zone Wine Refrigerator, but this model serves an inventive dual purpose. As it so happens, the wine refrigerator is also the ideal environment for the long-term preservation of…cheese!

“The cheese fridge has been wonderful, we are getting twice to three times the life out of our cheeses and charcuterie as we used to in the regular fridge!”

With her ingenuity and experience with fast-paced commercial kitchens, Ballis was able to transform an 800-square-foot kitchen into a highly productive space for entertaining, proof that some kitchen design “rules” are worth breaking.

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A Philosophic Look at Beer Glassware

Recently I was working on a home improvement project with an old friend.  After finishing up we had a beer together.  So I wandered down to the bar and decided a pale ale would be a good choice.  My next question to myself is what glass to drink from.  Just to let you know I have a fairly large selection of glasses and mugs to pick from.

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Christmas 2014 gifts from daughters, nieces and nephews

glassware2I am that guy when Christmas comes around and we draw names, whoever draws my name know in a pinch they can get me a set of glasses, beer mug or whatever along those lines.  I have had the obsession with glasses ever since I was a kid.  My dad had a small collection from his time in the service and going to the various bars after.  Back then most bars would advertise with their logo (same as today) and you could pick them up for 2 bits or so (not the same as today).  He also had a small collection of the pilsner glasses with the stem base and gold wheat logo.  For those into antiques you might be aware of this glass.  Anyway, I got a set of these from my father-in-law estate when he passed away.  I proudly keep them on display above my bar, but rarely do I use them.  This past weekend I started to think, “Why don’t I use them?” I must say drinking from this glass brought back many good memories of having a beer with my father-in-law, even though we never used them when he was around.

That night got me thinking about glassware in general.  I know there are all kinds of beer glasses with descriptions and what style of beer each should be used for.  But where did these different style of glasses come from, and why are they matched up to certain beer styles?

First, beer style evolved out of what was available to the brew master. Glass style and shape evolved I assume form what the glass blower liked to make or again what materials they had on hand.  So putting these things together one can only assume that like beer evolved with a region, glassware did also.  Yes there might be a scientific reason why a tulip stemmed goblet works great for a Belgium monk ale.  But I think it is more to do with region stuff.  And that get me back to my point.  Point, did I have a point?  Oh yeah, my point.

A very wise wine server once told me, “The glass you use to drink your wine from is called a wine glass, get over it.”  I think the same can be said for beer.  But I must stop at plastic cups.  I hate drinking good draft beer from plastic cups. So what about a point again?

Drinking good beer is done for many reasons.  Sometimes we drink to socialize with friends, sometimes to remember old friends, and sometimes just to remember.

Remembering when I was a kid looking at my dad’s glass collection hidden away in that cupboard over the refrigerator all covered with dust. And remembering the stories my Dad told me about the bars he visited in his day, Diamond Jim Brady’s, the Dakota Inn…these are places I will never be able to see.  They are long gone.

My point is, good beer is to be enjoyed, not drank to get drunk.  And what better way to enjoy something, then by remembering.

Take care and drink wisely,

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Marvel Refrigeration upgrades its professional collection

Marvel Refrigeration upgrades its professional collection with bolder aesthetics and features to add more storage versatility and organization

tricolor**UPDATE** New Marvel Professional models are now available to order. Browse the new collection here. 

Greenville, Mich. (January 6, 2017) – This year at KBIS 2017, Marvel Refrigeration will unveil design enhancements to its Marvel Professional undercounter collection to improve aesthetics, storage flexibility and organization.

New features include tri-color lighting, midnight black interiors, smooth ball-bearing glides, split convertible shelving, and complementary organizational accessories (in select models).

All Marvel Professional models are now designed with midnight black interiors and tri-color pro-refrigerated-drawersLED lighting in three color options: sapphire blue, amber glow and arctic white. Integrated controls allow the user to select from full or half interior illumination for a two-stage theater style presentation.

The smooth ball-bearing shelving system glides out to full extension for convenient access to the back of the shelf, without toppling items. Additionally, certain models in the collection now feature 3-in-1 Split Convertible Shelving for hybrid food, beverage or wine storage. Removing one or both glass panes reveals a wine rack capable of partial or full-width storage that holds 7 bottles. And the new Marvel Professional Refrigerated Drawers come with quick-grip dividers that conveniently adjust to organize and secure contents.

To see the new Marvel Professional collection, locate a dealer near you.

No Bake Cheesecake with Cranberry Mint Sauce

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‘Tis the season to indulge! This no bake cheesecake recipe combines the creamy texture of a classic cheesecake with fresh, bursting cranberry flavor akin to the holidays.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of an 8″ or 10″ springform pan. Chill until firm.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and lemon juice until soft. Add whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until batter becomes thick. Add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff. Pour into chilled crust, and top with pie filling. Chill several hours or overnight. Just before serving, remove the sides of the springform pan and top with cranberry mint sauce.

Did you know?  

The Dynamic Cooling Technology of Marvel Premium Refrigeration chills contents up to three times faster than other models, perfect for when you want to quick-chill food for recipes!

 

Bob’s Beer Facts: The Age of Transformation

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Beer has been around for about 10,000 years.  Pretty much the length of modern day human civilization, but in the late 1800s (1860 to 1880) A huge change accrued that most of us take for granted.

For the first 9,800 years (or whatever) humans have been fermenting Ales at room temperature.  But by mid 19th century in Bavaria, they were fermenting at a cooler temperature and the beers were significantly better.

Danish Brewer Carlsberg went to Bavaria to find out why and how.  He isolated the Lager yeast (cooler fermentation temperature), and in a matter of 20 years, 98% of the world’s beer was converted from Ale to Lager.  That my friend is about .2% of human civilization.  One brewer armed with a microscope, who was concerned about the quality of his beer, changed humanity forever.

And that my friend is a quantum leap.

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No-Holds-Barred Bachelor Pad: Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion in the Hamptons

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Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Designer Showcase: Bachelor’s Top-of-the-Line Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion in the Hamptons

This stunning soup-to-nuts outdoor kitchen pavilion is the brainchild of Showcase Kitchens partner, Michael Rosenberg, created for his no-holds-barred bachelor client.

The spacious outdoor kitchen overlooks beautifully landscaped rolling hills and is adjacent to a breathtaking infinity pool, built-in fire pit and tennis court. Reclaimed mushroom wood and striking mahogany floors add charm to the structure of the outdoor kitchen pavilion.

Perhaps more well-stocked than most indoor kitchens, the robust outdoor kitchen features a Marvel Outdoor ice machine and Marvel Outdoor kegerator system, Viking range, dishwasher and hood and Lynx BBQ, among other appliances. Rosenberg selected these Marvel Outdoor models on its positive reviews for reliability, a choice well made considering the units are rigorously tested and certified for outdoor performance to withstand elements like rain, corrosion and high temperatures and humidity.  And, the homeowner loves the ease of the controls.

It’s all the accoutrements for the ultimate bachelor pad!

Featured Designer: Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa
Style: Rustic
Location: Water Mill, New York, a hamlet of the Hamptons

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Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

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Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

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Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

 

Key Players in the Craft Beer Movement

Well another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone.  I was unable to attend, but my heart was with everyone who was there.

(You’re welcome brain.)

But before we just start thinking that this is just a place to go drink great beer, I ask everyone to take some time to thank the founders of both the Beer Fest and to the entire craft beer moment.  I do not have the time or space in this blog to go into the true depth that is needed to give just cause to those individuals that deserve our full and deep-hearted thanks.

Thinking of these guys as baseball cards, Fritz Maytag (yup, from the lonely service repairman) would be my Jackie Robinson rookie card.  Here is a guy that spent most of his family inheritance to buy and fix up Anchor Brewing.  By buying an off-color brewery in San Francisco in 1965, he helped stop the decline of little breweries being wiped out by the big three.  He almost went broke but he hung with it and for his persistence we have Steam beer.  Not one of my favorites but a stone in the craft wall that needed to be built.

Jack McAuliffe was in the US Navy when he fell in love with true Scottish ale and brought the love back home where he started home brewing and even giving commercial brew a shot.  Now keep in mind this was before the internet and home brew shops, so where and how he got his stuff is still a mystery to me.  But he served it to his friends and a small craft hot spot started taking off.

Merlin Elhardt started a newsletter for craft beer enthusiasts in the early 70s.  Keep in mind again before internet but also before the fast coping Xerox machines of today.

Charlie Papazian started the Brewers Association, and is the founder of the great American Beer Festival. He’d be like a signed Babe Ruth trading card in good condition.

I am in awe of these four gentlemen and the many more that played their part in the craft beer revolution.

These are the guys, through their love and passion of good beer, restarted what was dying in this country, and some could argue in North America.

Even Canada only had Labatt’s, Hams, Black Label and Cinci, which again is only a Miller or Bud cleaned up a little bit.  These guys and many more rediscovered ales after being all but gone from the market place for a century. (That is another interesting story.)

Take time out and give these guys a big “Salute”.

And a special thanks to Tom Acitelli, author of “The Audacity of Hops”.  Reading about the history of beer is a great way to spend time between stirrings the mash and boil.

Take care and drink wisely,

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Fritz Maytag at Anchor Brewing Co. in 1965, the year he bought the near-bankrupt brewery. Photo courtesy of Anchor Brewing Co.

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New Albion Ale founder Jack McAuliffe, Courtesy Boston Beer

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Merlin Elhardt with The Founding Board of the Maltose Falcons (1974).

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Charlie Papazian, founder of the Brewers Association and Great American Beer Festival.

New Care & Cleaning Bundle Pack for Marvel Clear Ice Machines

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ATTN: Marvel Clear Ice Machine Owners
SPECIAL OFFER

Get free shipping when you stock up on a 2-year supply of clear ice machine cleaner.

Thank you for choosing Marvel – you’ll be satisfied with its quiet operation, crystal-clear ice quality, eco-saving features and reliable performance in the years to come.

Your new Marvel Clear Ice Machine is programmed with manufacturer-recommended cleaning reminders. To ensure maximum performance and ice quality, you should clean your clear ice machine once every six months, or more frequently depending on your usage and water quality.

To get you started, we’d like to extend a special offer to you for free shipping on the Marvel Care & Cleaning Bundle Pack, to complete your two-year supply of cleaner and keep your clear ice machine in optimum condition.

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TO ORDER, call (800) 223-3900. Reference Promo Code “BUNDLE4”.

*Program subject to change without notice. Applies to the Marvel Professional Clear Ice Machines (MP15CLS, MP15CLP, MP15CPS, MP15CPP), Marvel Clear Ice Machines (ML15CLS, ML15CLP, ML15CPS, ML15CPP), Marvel Low Profile Clear Ice Machines (MA15CLS, MA15CLP, MA15CPS, MA15CPP) and Marvel Outdoor Clear Ice Machines (3OiMT).  Order by part # S41013789-Bundle 4.