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Old 11-19-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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Hey guys - I tried to do a search for this but was simply overwhelmed with what came back as you can imagine the keywords are everywhere.

I am wondering how compatible 5 gallon corny kegs are with regular 1/2 barrel sankey hookups that are typical in bars?

What would be involved to be able to be able to get my beer in 5 gal cornies into bars that use the typical setup?

(fyi: I am just asking about technical aspects like lines and hookups - I already have the licensing/laws etc figured out)

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:32 PM   #2
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They are totally different. If you want to have a sanke keg on, you have to have a specific coupler. In corny kegs you have to have a different set of hookups. Not only that, but there are different types of sanke couplers but most are "D" couplers http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/keg-taps-couplers-cid-49.html Your cornies need either ball lock or pin lock, but I think the majority are ball lock http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/keg-taps-couplers-cid-51.html

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If you are talking about selling to bars, you will want to sell with the sanke setup. I doubt any bar or restaurant will want to change their setup for one brewery.

If you are hooked on selling in 5 gallon kegs, you can find 1/6th bbl kegs which are essentially the same thing as our corny kegs except with the sanke couple up top.

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Old 11-19-2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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There are some corny kegs with Sanke adapters welded in.

And some local bars will go through "all the trouble and hassle" to remove a couple freaking clamps from their D couplers to install standard soda disconnects. Especially if YOU the supplier provide the hardware.

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best bet is a 1/4 short or 1/4 tall Sanke or one of these they are called pub kegs
and are just converted push locks


I have a few and come in handy when I go to a party and know all the beer will be drunk (me too) and I can just use a picnic pump .

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There are some corny kegs with Sanke adapters welded in.

And some local bars will go through "all the trouble and hassle" to remove a couple freaking clamps from their D couplers to install standard soda disconnects. Especially if YOU the supplier provide the hardware.
While I am sure I could talk bars into doing this - obviously I would rather not have to.

I knew there was a difference but didn't know how much.

The reason I am thinking 1/6 bbl kegs is to insure freshness as we will be a startup brewery so demand wont be huge to start.

Also 1/2 bbl's are basically impossible to find with any consistency if at all.
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While I am sure I could talk bars into doing this - obviously I would rather not have to.

I knew there was a difference but didn't know how much.

The reason I am thinking 1/6 bbl kegs is to insure freshness as we will be a startup brewery so demand wont be huge to start.

Also 1/2 bbl's are basically impossible to find with any consistency if at all.

I have seen very few 1/6 kegs around here that were Sanke from the getgo. Just seems most breweries use the 1/4 talls 7 1/2 gallon as opposed to 5 .Most of the 1/6 are converted Corny's like the one I posted and they aren't easy to come buy either
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I didn't even know there was a difference between 1/6 and 1/4.

For me 1/4 would probably be ever better - so I will look into that. Thanks for the heads up.

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I didn't even know there was a difference between 1/6 and 1/4.

For me 1/4 would probably be ever better - so I will look into that. Thanks for the heads up.
1/6 is 5.25 gallons give or take like a Corny the 1/4 is 7.5 gallons.
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Having owned a liquor store in Mass most microbreweries deal with 1/6 barrels. It's either 1/2 or 1/6 in most cases. Bigger breweries like Sam will also have 1/4 shorts.

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