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Old 06-15-2009, 02:11 AM   #1
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Default corney keg 5.? gallons

I have been having issues with my measurements and it got me thinking if I'm kegging 5 gallons and I have some head space, then what is the exact volume of the keg?
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:17 AM   #2
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Good question, I've had a couple batches that filled my 5 gal carboy to about an inch below the mouth, there still seemed to be an inch and a half of head space in the keg from them. You could get a gallon milk jug, and see how many it takes to fill to the top. I've never worried about it, or I would have done that myself.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:21 PM   #3
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It's actually around 5.17 gallons. It's a 1/6th barrel, and a 1/2 barrel is 15.5gal exactly
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:34 PM   #4
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The corneys that I have state the capacity is below 5 gal. 4.5 or something. I assume this is for the soda and they leave space in them, but I have not measures them yet.
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I have heard that the weld line in the keg is the 5 gallon mark, but I have never actually measured it.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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I have a semi-related post in "talk me down". Based on that experience, I would say that a 5 gallon carboy filled to the top would equal my soda keg filled to the top.

I had saved gyle for carbonation - a little over 2 pints. This didn't look like it would fit in my carboy before racking and it didn't all fit in my keg after racking.
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JMass, what kind of "soda keg" do you have? Mine are the standard ball-lock kegs that Pepsi retired. I also have a couple pin-locks from Coke, but I haven't used them so I have no idea what they would hold. The Coke kegs are a little shorter and wider than the Pepsi ones, so maybe they have less capacity.
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Mine are both the standard ball lock kegs.
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