Keg sizes are not standardized from country to country or brewery to brewery; however, a standard keg in the United States is equal to a half barrel, or 15.5 gallons, of beer. Therefore a standard U.S. keg contains 165 12-ounce servings and 124 16-ounce servings.
The standard American half-barrel beer keg holds 15.5 gallons. This is equal to 165 12-ounce servings, or 124 16-ounce servings. The American half-barrel keg is 23.3 inches tall with a diameter of 16.1 inches. It weighs 160.5 pounds when full, but only 29.7 pounds when empty.
The period of time that beer remains fresh depends on the dispensing method; beer dispensed with CO2 can remain fresh for up to 120 days, while beer dispensed with an air pump is fresh for up to 12 hours. Pasteurized beer dispensed using CO2 lasts the longest.
Manufacturers typically make beer kegs out of stainless steel, although aluminum is also occasionally used. Commercial kegs used in bars and restaurants have a metal tube inside the keg that runs from the bottom of the vessel to the valve through which beer is poured.
There are 248 8-ounce servings, or cups, of beer in a U.S. keg, or 15.5-gallon half barrel. The 7.75-gallon quarter barrel, or pony keg, contains 124 cups of beer, and the 5.16-gallon sixth barrel, or torpedo keg, contains 82 cups of beer.
Typically, a keg of beer is stored in a refrigerated container or stored on ice to keep it chilled. Some modern options to keep a beer keg cold include a kegerator, a Super Cooler, a KegSkin or a Keg Koozy. These specialty coolers insulate the keg for hours.
The standard U.S. keg size is a half barrel and has a capacity of 15.5 gallons or 1984 ounces, which is the equivalent of 165 12-ounce glasses of beer. The standard keg measures 23 3/8 inches high by 16 1/8 inches wide and weighs 161 pounds when full.
A keg of beer holds about 1,900 fluid ounces. Kegs are also known as half-barrels and contain 15.5 gallons. A full barrel of beer is the equivalent of 31 gallons. A keg produces 124 pints, 165 twelve-ounce servings or approximately seven cases of beer in 12-ounce cans.
The weight of a full keg of beer depends on the size and dimensions of the keg. A full keg of beer weighs about 161 pounds.
A standard keg of beer contains an amount equal to six full cases plus 19 additional cans of beer with a small amount remaining. The keg contains 15.5 gallons, or 1,984 ounces, of beer. Each beer in a case contains 12 ounces.