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Reconditioned 5 Gallon Pin Lock Kegs + Extras – $39.95

Pin Lock Homebrew Kegs

Keg Outlet is taking $20 off Reconditioned Cornelius Pin Lock Kegs.  That brings the price down to $39.95.  These also qualify for $9.95 flat rate shipping.

These are re-conditioned 5 Gallon Pin Lock, Soda Kegs (Coke style). The kegs have been cleaned and soaked, re-rinsed, lubed and re-pressurized to check the seals. The kegs are in good shape, but could have small dings, dents or scratches. These will not effect the function of the kegs. Many have stickers on the outside.

Keg Outlet fully guarantees your satisfaction with these kegs.

These also come with a complete set of new orings and a free pin lock poppet valve depressor.

Check them out – Here – If the sale is still on, the discounted price will show up when you add the keg(s) to your cart.  $9.95 Flat Rate Shipping means 1 keg ships for the same cost at 10.

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Ball Lock Keg Roundup – New and Used, 5 and 2.5 Gallon

Ball lock kegs are becoming more and more difficult to find. Here’s a roundup of some of the best available sources for these kegs. Got a great keg find?  Submit a Tip

Adventures in Homebrewing: Used 5 Gallon, Rubber Handles5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) UsedAdventures in Homebrewing is one of the most reliable sources for used 5 gallon kegs. Their price of $59.99 is also one of the best out there.

O-rings and poppets are check and replaced, if needed. These are pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used – $59.99

More Beer: Refurbished 5 Gallon, Rubber Handles

Cornelius Keg - Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock)

Reconditioned 5 gallon ball lock kegs with rubber tops and buttons.  Washed and rinsed inside and out.  No soda syrup or residue is left behind.  These are also pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.  These are marked down $11 per keg and ship for free.
Washed inside and out and all gaskets are replaced. Pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.

Cornelius Keg – Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock) KEG423 – $68.99 + Free Shipping

Adventures in Homebrewing: Low Profile, Ball Lock, No PRV

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used no PRV

Low Profile Ball Lock Kegs.  These are converted Pin Locks.  The lids on these kegs are pin lock style, meaning they do not have a manual pressure relief valve. The do have a safety pressure relief vale. These are the same type of lids that pin lock keg users use every day. If you need to relieve gas pressure, just depress the gas post.

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used no PRV – $49.99

Adventures in Homebrewing: Low Profile Ball Lock, with PRV

5 Gallon Low Profile Keg Used

Converted Pin Lock Kegs similar to the previous offering, with the exception that the lid has a manual PRV (ball lock style).  That means everything about these kegs is ball lock except the height and diameter (22-23″ tall and 9.5″ diameter)

5 Gallon Low Profile Keg Used – $59.99

Adventures in Homebrewing: Loose Handle and/or Base Ball Locks

Loose Handle or Base Ball Lockes

Available on these is sporadic.  When they show up, they generally sell out in short order.  As the name suggests they have loose handle and/or bases.  They are pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.  Comes with a PRV (pressure relief valve) lid.  O-rings and poppets are replaced, as needed, to get these kegs to hold pressure.  At $39.99 this is generally the cheapest price you’ll find on a ball lock keg.

See our Tips Page (#19) for a step by step on repairing loose handles and bases.

Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock keg w/PRV Lid – $39.99

eBay – Various Offerings
eBay can be a good source for used kegs.  Standard eBay caveats apply.  Look at seller’s feedback and total cost delivered.  Also look for listings that offer eBay’s money back guarantee.  Search eBay for Ball Lock Kegs.  Our eBay tag may also have some recent offerings.

Your Local Homebrew Shop
I’ve heard ups on downs on this.  Some local shops are expensive and some have great availability and great prices.

New Kegs.  This post was originally published in 2012.  Since then availability of used kegs has dwindled and new keg offerings have come down in price.  Sometimes a brand new keg may be your best bet.

Adventures in Homebrewing: Brand New, NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs

AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

Brand New 5 Gallon Gallon Ball Lock Kegs.  These are… New, ISO 9001 Certified, NSF Certified, Ball Lock 5 Gallon Capacity and Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  Dimensions – 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter.

I own this keg and it’s great.  Check out my Hands on Review.  At the current sale price of $75, these are one of the best value in ball lock kegs on the market.

AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock – $75

A 2.5 Gallon Version is also available…
AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $75

MoreBeer: New, Italian Made 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg

Cornelius Keg - Brand New (5 Gallon)

from the Description: “We import these from Italy from long time manufacturer AEB. Attention to detail is perfect. Laser welds are perfect so it will always be easy to sanitize.” (keep reading)

Italian made kegs are generally thought to be the highest quality new kegs available.  MoreBeer’s offering is the best every day value in new Italian made ball lock kegs that I’m aware of.  They also ship for free.

Cornelius Keg – Brand New (5 Gallon) KEG418 – $119.99 + Free Shipping  Note: These were selling for $139 back when this post was first published in October of 2012

Adventures in Homebrewing: Single Handle New, Italian Made Ball Lock Kegs

NEW 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg Single metal handle (Ball Lock) (Rubber Bottom)

This offering is really just a point of reference for the previous keg.  This has a single handle.  I prefer double handles because they are easier to carry and you can invert this to drain and dry.  Along those lines double handle are usually more expensive.  This is on sale for $139.99.

Brand NEW 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) AEB Keg – $139.99

RiteBrew: New 5 Gallon NSF Certified Keg


AMCYL Brand New Ball Lock Kegs via RiteBrew.  NSF Approved.

5 Gallon Ball-Lock Keg, NSF Certified – $84.99

2.5 and 3 Gallon Kegs and smaller.  These are nice for serving your homebrew on the go.  Splitting 5 gallon batches for different treatments (yeast, wood and flavoring additions), for small batch kegging and for small space kegging.

Other options also pop up.  Check out our 5 Most Recent Keg Finds for recent finds.  Got a great keg find?  Submit a Tip

Although this is a Ball Lock Roundup.  I’ll also mention two pin lock options…

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Reconditioned 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $68.99 + Free Shipping

Cornelius Keg - Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock)

Reconditioned 5 gallon ball lock kegs with rubber tops and buttons.  Washed and rinsed inside and out.  No soda syrup or residue is left behind.  These are also pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.  These are marked down $11 per keg and ship for free.

Cornelius Keg – Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock) KEG423 – $68.99 + Free Shipping

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New 2.5 Gallon Ball Locks… $75 – Back in Stock

These have been sold out for a while.  They are back in stock as of this posting…

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg

New NSF Certified 2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg

Brand new, double rubber handle 2.5 gallon ball lock kegs.  ISO 9001 and NSF Certified via Adventures in Homebrewing.  The double rubber handles are preferably to single metal strap handles – you have.. two handles vs one and they allow the keg to be inverted for draining.  14.5″ Tall x 8.25″ in diameter.

I have the 5 gallon version of this keg (See: Review) and like it very much.

AiH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $119.99  $75

RelatedBrand New 5 Gallon Ball Locks… $75 · Hands On: Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from AIH

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Also from AIH… over 70 sale items including Perlick Faucets, Deals on kegs – new and used, pin lock and ball lock, recipe kits, kettles, pumps, jockey boxes, grain mill, taps, tower

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Hands On: Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from AIH

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg

A while back Adventures in Homebrewing introduced brand new 5 gallon ball lock keg made to their specifications.  It’s marked down to… $75.  That’s a stellar deal for a brand new ball lock,  I purchased one to give it a try.

Ball Lock, Stainless Steel, Double Rubber Handles.  Specs say these are 25″ tall and 8.5″ in diameter.  NSF and ISO 9001 Certified.

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewA look at the top of the keg.  This is a double handle rubber top and rubber bottom keg.  This designed is generally preferred to single handle strap designs as it’s easier to carry, stackable and the two handles mean the keg can be inverted for draining after cleaning or sanitizing.

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewStamp on the side of the side of the keg reads… Max WP 130 PSI [900 kpa], Cap 5 US GAL [19].  Guessing WP = working pressure,

AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball LockMy keg came from the first batch that was in the process of being NSF certified.  Since then that process has been completed.  This photo (stock image from AIH) shows NSF and ISO 9001 certification stamps.

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewBottom of the keg

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewThere was a little bit of what I would call rubber residue.  Not a lot, but some.  Guessing this will wear or scrub off.  Maybe this is common for brand new kegs, I’ve never owned one before this.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfInside of the keg.  Looks great.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock Keg PartsParts and pieces.  Left side is liquid, right side is gas.  The lid oring is white.  If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a white silicone.  It doesn’t feel like Buna-N.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegLiquid dip tube

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfClose up on the gas side

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfThe keg uses universal style poppets.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegClose up of the lid.Homebrew keg reviewKegging a Pale AleNew Ball Lock Homebrew KegPressurized, sealed up and sprayed down with Star San to check for leaks.  No leaks in sight.Adventures in Homebrew Ball LockIn my kegerator

I’ve had this keg since January of 2015.  This is the nicest 5 gallon keg I’ve owned.  It’s high quality, looks great and works great.  Their quality rivals my Cornelius-type brand kegs and (since all my other 5 gallon kegs are used) the condition of this keg is superior.  I’m also glad AIH went to the time and expense to get it NSF certified.

At it’s current sale price of $75, I’d call it a stellar value.  Shipping is additional.  Play around with different quantities as minimum shipping charges make those costs a bit odd.  It usually doesn’t cost much more to ship a second, third or fourth keg.

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock – $75!

These are also available in a 2.5 gallon version.  Although 2.5 gallon kegs are smaller, they generally sell for more than their 5 gallon counterparts.  AIH has these on sale for $75 too.  The smaller size is good for splitting 5 gallon batches, small batch or small space brewing/kegging and easily taking your homebrew on the go…

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $75!

Related: Tips and Gear for your Kegerator · Balancing Your Draft System

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5 Gallon Used Pin Lock Kegs… $34.99 + New O-Rings

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg Pin Lock Used (Coke)

Used Pin Lock Kegs from AIH

Used Pin Lock Style Kegs.  These are Pin Lock Kegspressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.  22-24″ Tall, 9″ Wide.  Heavy Duty Stainless Kegs.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.  A set of new o-rings are also included.

AIH has marked these on sale for… $34.99.  This is a great deal and a contender for one of the best values in homebrew kegs.

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg Pin Lock Used (Coke) – $34.99!

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Update: Portable Draft Serving Options

Portable Homebrew Keg Options

Looking for options to serve your draft beer on the go?  Here’s a roundup of some of the available options for your next tailgate or get together.

Included in this Post:

  • Growlers
  • Carbonation Caps – used with PET Bottles
  • A Hybrid Solution
  • Small Draft Systems
  • Tips and Tools for Filling Growlers and Small Draft Containers
  • Techniques and equipment for dispensing full corny kegs of beer
  • Portable Systems
  • Other Issues: Chilling and Cloudiness

Growlers:
One of the easiest options to serve your homebrew on the go is filling up a growler.  See below for tips on getting a good growler fill.  Standard growlers are easy to be had.  This section focuses on some of the more interesting options.

German Made Growler

2L, German made growler.  This is a great growler that I use myself.

Sources: More BeerNorthern Brewer – AIH – love2brewGreat Fermentations

The remaining growlers are stainless.  These are great because you can take them to the beach or the pool without being concerned about broken glass…

Lifeline 7500 Growler

64 oz, 18/8 Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growler.  The vacuum insulation on this thing is amazing.  Check out my extensive Hands on Review that includes temp trials.

Lifeline 7500 Silver Stainless Steel Growler – 64 oz. Capacity

Lifeline 7508 Growler

64 oz+, 18/8 Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growler.  It’s labeled as 64 oz but it’s actually about 69 oz.  That extra space gives you head space, much like a traditional glass growler.  Check out my Hands on Review of this growler.

purchase date lifeline 7508

If you’re looking for a double wall, vacuum insulated growler, this is my current top pick.

Lifeline 7508 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler – 64 oz. Capacity

64 oz, 18/8 Stainless, Double Wall, Vacuum Insulated Growler.  Same idea as the smaller (7500) Lifeline, generally speaking, this one is a bit more expensive.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Drinking Bottle


Mini Keg Style Growler from Deep Wood Products.

Stainless Steel Mini-Keg Growler GL530

Carbonation Caps:
Carbonation caps allow you to pressurize your beer inside of 1 and 2 Liter PET bottles for quick carbonation and transport.

Kent Systems Carbonation Cap

Fill the 1L or 2L Bottle just like you would a growler, put on a carbonating cap and pressurize for easy transport.

This has the advantage of being more economical and safer vs a glass growler.  Generally, PET plastic bottles will not shatter.  Also, handy if you want to go into an area that restricts glass such as a pool area.

Kent Systems Soda Bottle Cap and QD

Ball Lock Carbonator Cap

The “Carbonator Cap“.  Same idea as the Kent Systems Cap.  This has a built in ball lock connection so you can hook it right up to your kegerator CO2 lines.

At $9.99, RiteBrew’s offering is the best price I’ve seen on a Carbonator Cap.

Sources:  RiteBrew – More Beer – AIHLabel Peelers  – Midwest Supplies – Amazon

Hybrid Solution:

Drink Tanks Mini Keg Growler

The Drink Tanks Growler (with Keg Cap) is a hybrid between a growler and a small draft setup.  It has a double wall, vacuum seal, stainless design and the Keg Cap provides includes tubing and a faucet.  With the Keg Cap installed, the Drink Tanks Growler is a portable, small draft setup.  An included CO2 charger pressurizes the system.  With the double wall insulation (depending on your surroundings) you can use this without chilling it for a good bit of time.

Check it out – Here

Small Draft Setups:
Small kegging setups that lend themselves to easy transport.  You can either fill from your kegerator or bottle condition directly in these.

tap a draft

Tap a Draft System.  I’m a happy Tap a Draft user.  This system comes with three 1.5 Gallon Bottles, A Tap and CO2 Cartridges for serving.  4.5 gallon total capacity is just about the perfect size for a finished 5 gallon batch.  Or, fill one bottle up off of your kegerator faucet.  This tap also works with 3L PET Soda Bottles.

Sources: More Beer – Amazon

the beerbox

The BeerBox uses 2.75 Gallon food grade HDPE Containers.  These are sized to easily fit in a refrigerator or cooler.  Each container contains an integrated port for a CO2 injector.  Multiple tap styles are available.  You can condition and carbonate directly in these or fill from your larger kegging system.

About (via the manufacturer Brewing Tools): “The BeerBox™ is a 2.75 Gallon Container which is 9.625” high, 6.5” wide and 15.9” long and made of sturdy food grade HDPE plastic (much thicker than a PET soda bottle and dark enough that there is no light permeation, either). The front panel allows for a 4”x4” label for your brew which can be easily viewed. The BeerBox™ fits in a standard refrigerator making storing your home brew easier than ever. The portability of your home brew is simple – just grab it by its ergonomically designed handle go out the door with the hose tap adaptor and tap, you can pour fresh home brew from inside a cooler with ease.”

Sources: AIHlove2brew – Northern Brewer

Tips and Tools for Filling Growlers and Small Draft Containers:

Filling a growler or small draft dispenser from your draft setup is an easy and straightforward process…

  1. Start with a cold growler.  I suggest putting it in your kegerator so it’s the exact same temperature as your beer.  This will reduce foaming.
  2. Having a wet growler also helps reduce foam.  Put Star San in your growler prior to chilling, swirl it around to coat all surfaces and discard just prior to filling.  If you’ll be drinking the growler right away, you can just use fresh, cold tap water.
  3. If you’re using picnic taps a 3/8″ ID section of tubing should fit nicely on the end of your taps.  If you’re using a Perlick style faucet, a section of 1/2″ ID tubing should fit on your faucet.  Make sure the tubing is long enough to hit the bottom of the growler.  Turn down the pressure to 4 or 5 psi and slowly fill.  Close on foam and you’re good to go.

Growler Fillers:
These allow you to easily attach a length of tubing to your faucet for the purpose of filling up a growler.

MoreBeer offers two versions of this.  One for standard faucets and one for Perlick faucets.  Just add a length of 3/8th” tubing to either one of these and you’re up and going.

Stainless Steel Growler Filler – Fits Standard Faucets D1222

Stainless Steel Growler Fillers – For Perlick 525 Faucet D1224

RiteBrew Growler Filler

RiteBrew offers three versions – more if you count their longer tubing versions.  One each for standard, Perlick 500 Series and Perlick 600 Series Faucets.

843187 – Bottle/Growler Filler

843191 – Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 600 Series

843190 – Bottle/Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 500 Series

Worth Noting: RiteBrew also has great prices on Perlick 630SS Faucets and Perlick 650SS Flow Control Faucets.

Serving your full Corny Keg of Beer: Now we transition into solutions for serving full Cornelius kegs of beer.  Combine your keg full of homebrew with some sort of faucet and a CO2 source.

Faucet Options:

morebeer faucet disconnect assembly

These are nice because they work great, take up minimal space and looks great.

Sources: More Beer – AmazonAIH

Pin Lock QD Faucet Assembly

Flow Control Beer Gun Faucet

  • Flow control allows you to dispense beer fast and foam free, you can also use shorter hose length and 1/4″ hose length for faster flow. The flow control valve will allow you to restrict the beer flow and control foam, so beer length and I.D. is not important! (you can even use the braided soda style hose if you prefer).
  • Extremely high quality German Made Product. Made for Commercial use in large volume event settings (or to deliver your homebrew at a party with Perfection!)
  • Easy to use and simple to take apart and clean.
  • Parts made from NSF approved Plastics and Stainless Steel. Sanitary/food service grade product.

This hand held faucet has built in flow control.  Variable flow control means you can change the resistance that this faucet provides.  That’s great for high carbonation beers and it also means less tubing.

Flow Control Faucet

Draft Jockey Boxes:
These are for serving beer that isn’t necessarily cold yet.  Ice in the cooler gets beer down to serving temperature quickly.  These can take some work to dial in.  I’d consider a draft box only for bigger events where you’re going to serve a considerable amount of beer.

jockey box

Sources: More BeerAdventures in Homebrewing

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If you’re looking for a single tap Jockey Box.  This Home Brew Stuff offering can be a bargain.

Mini Jockey Box Refreshment System – $99.99

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) - Single Tap Sport Jockey Box

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) – Single Tap Sport Jockey Box – $199

Two Tap Jockey Box

Sources: More BeerAdventures in HomebrewingNorthern Brewer

CO2/Pressure Options:

handheld co2 charger

These handheld chargers are compact and easy to use.  If you go with this option, I’d recommend running the thing yourself.  Guests tend to squeeze it for fun and sport and empty out the cartridge in short order.  You just need a couple of taps to keep the pressure at an acceptable level for serving.

Source: MoreBeer

Sources (no QD – Add your own ball or pin lock QD)…
Great Fermentations – Amazon – AIHLabel Peelers

CO2 Injector Pin Lock

Similar to the handheld unit above, but with a regulator and much larger CO2 cartridges.  The CO2 cartridge on this is more than 4 times larger than the injector featured above.  The regulator also means it takes care of itself.  I have one of these and love it.  Check out my Hands on Review.  It has come in handy as a backup CO2 source when my main tank ran empty.  You could also use this to keep an already carbonated keg at a different pressure/carbonation level from your main CO2 source.

Source: More Beer (Ball Lock or Pin Lock)

74g CO2 Cartridges: More Beer

Home Brew Premium Regulated CO2 Charger Kit With Gas Disconnect

Mini ball lock co2 regulator.  Made of machined, anodized aluminum and uses 3/8″ threaded 16 gram co2 cartridges.  Includes a ball lock quick disconnect.  Since it has an MFL fitting, you should be able to swap that out for a pin lock QD.

This is similar in function to handheld CO2 chargers with the notable difference that it includes a regulator.  The regulator lets you set a specific pressure.61LurCr130L._SL1500_

Use for portable dispensing of your keg of homebrew.

Home Brew Premium Regulated CO2 Charger Kit With Gas Disconnect

The Adapter II Paintball Gauge

Use a compact Paintball CO2 tank to dispense your beer using this CO2 regulator designed for the task.  Much more portable than your 5, 10 or 20 lb tank.

Paintball Tank Regulator

Adventures in Homebrewing has a number of adapters that allow you use use other types of tanks and regulators together.  The selection includes the pictured adapter that allows you to use a Sodastream tank with your CO2 Regulator and adapters that allow you to use paintball tanks with your CO2 Regulator.

Check out AIH’s CO2 Tanks and Accessories Page for more info.

Cornelius Keg Hand Pump

Cornelius Keg Hand Pump.  If you know you’re going to go through a whole keg, or multiple kegs, this hand pump is a great option.  No tubing or CO2 to bother with.  Of course, it’s going to cause oxidation, but that doesn’t matter if you’re drinking the beer quickly.

Ball Lock Hand Pump

Smaller 2.5 to 3 Gallon Cornelius Style Kegs:
Smaller, more portable versions of the cornelius kegs you know and love.  These kegs usually fit well in a 5 gallon bucket.  Fill with ice and you’re good to go.

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $75

3 Gallon Cornelius Style Pin Lock Keg (Used)

3 Gallon Cornelius Style Pin Lock Keg (Used) – $39.99

Portable Systems:
There are some systems on the market that are designed with portability in mind.

2.5 gallon portable keg system

Sources: Adventures in Homebrew 2.5 Gallon Keg SystemsMoreBeer Complete 2.5 Gallon System

Other Issues:

Chilling
A 5-6 gallon bucket with ice has worked well for me.  Some of the cube and beverage coolers fit smaller 2.5 and 3 gallon kegs well.  Jockey Boxes are also an option.

Cloudiness
If you don’t filter your beer and decide to strap your keg on the back of an ATV and take off, you’ll soon figure out why people filter their beer as your guests remark at how Budweiser doesn’t have the same chunks of yeast that your beer has. :)

Options…

  1. Get it in place ahead of time and let it settle.
  2. Filter it.  Hands on Review
  3. Transfer clear beer to a new keg and leave yeast and trub behind.

Glassware

4-Pack of Plastic IPA Craft Beer Cups

4 Pack of IPA Cups from Fermented Reality

4 Pack of rugged and shatterproof IPA cups.  17 oz capacity.  BPA Free.  Rugged and Shatterproof.  Since these are plastic they are beach and pool friend.  No worrying about broken glass.  via Fermented Reality.  Check them out – Here

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Tips and Gear for Your Kegerator:

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