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Old 11-25-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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I always thought a half barrel was a half barrel. I have one half barrel I have been using as a brew kettle and it says 15.5 gallons and 58 liters right on top. It is an old Bell's brewery keg. Yesterday I was able to get another keg to use as my HLT and when I picked it up I thought it looked smaller than what I had at home. When I got home I set the 2 side by side and the new bud light keg is smaller. It is only 50 liters so I guess it isn't actually a half barrel is it?

Anybody else run in to these slightly small kegs?

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Oh yea, the funny thing was it is covered in INBEV stickers and you can just see some of the older A-B stickers that are somewhat worn off.


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Old 11-25-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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This should help: Draft Beer Keg Size Dimensions



 
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Somewhat. The Bud Light Keg I got doesn't show up on the list. Mine is a 50 liter which would be 13.3 gallons. So it is just smaller than a true half barrel but much bigger than a 1/4 barrel.

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Old 11-25-2008, 03:08 PM   #4
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How old is this 50 liter keg? I wonder if AB is downsizing their product?

 
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:14 PM   #5
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How old is this 50 liter keg? I wonder if AB is downsizing their product?
Since it is covered in INBEV stickers I'm going to say it is a newer keg. INBEV has only owned A-B for less than a year I think. Would a European half barrel be an even 50 liters? This one is about 3 inches shorter than a standard half barrel but is the same diameter
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:31 PM   #6
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OT Question:

Do 8 gallon sanke's make good keggles for 5 gallon boils?

 
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:35 PM   #7
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"In European countries where the metric system is used, kegs come in 25 and 50 liters as a standard. In some areas it is common to refer to the size not in liters but in beers. In areas where the standard beer size is .5 liters i.e.: a 50 liter keg would be 100 beers."

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Old 11-25-2008, 04:48 PM   #8
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Since IMBEV now owns Bud I would put it past them to start using the smaller European kegs and charge the same price as the older larger US kegs. All my kegs are 15.5

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Do 8 gallon sanke's make good keggles for 5 gallon boils?
I have a 7.75 gallon 1/4 keg that I made into a Keggle for smaller brews. it works ok but you really cant install a spigot because the side has those damn bulges right where it would go.And its a pain to pour but if you syphon the cooled wort they work fine. I use a 1/2 inch auto syphon
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:05 PM   #9
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Ha! INBEV comes to town.... smart move by them, 8 less Liters and the same price... instant billion+ profit increase. And when someone notices, press release, short term memory, no change in market share.... lol.

 
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Since IMBEV now owns Bud I would put it past them to start using the smaller European kegs and charge the same price as the older larger US kegs. All my kegs are 15.5



I have a 7.75 gallon 1/4 keg that I made into a Keggle for smaller brews. it works ok but you really cant install a spigot because the side has those damn bulges right where it would go.And its a pain to pour but if you syphon the cooled wort they work fine. I use a 1/2 inch auto syphon
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By the time you've added extract to the hot liquor will the 1/4 kegs work for a 5 gallon boil? I've got a 32 quart BK and i wasn't comfortable with the headroom left after i added the extract bags (just to measure the volume displacement). I could have messed that visual test up but to me if you have more than 5lbs of extract then you really need a 10 gallon BK. Am i crazy?

Also, since i'm thinking about going to AG pretty soon, how well do you think the 1/4 keg would do as a HLT? Is there room (i haven't cut off the lid yet) for a ball valve addition close to the bottom of the keg to release the hot liquor?

Also, sorry for the thread revival. Figured it was better than starting a new one.


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