Wondering how many beers are in a keg? Look no further. Here are the weights and beer totals of the 6 primary keg sizes.
And after that, we’ll walk you through how to figure out the number of beers left in a keg by weighing it.
Because beer keg weight and knowing how many beers are in a keg based on its weight are crucial to beer keg tracking and pricing beer: knowing how many kegs to order and forecasting when kegs will run dry.
Along with well drinks, kegs are the most common thing for a bartender to interact with. Once you've mastered the drinks every bartender should know and the standard wine pour, impress people with your encyclopedic knowledge of kegs.
So enjoy this article about the type of kegs, because kegs are required to pour beer and are enjoyable things. And even articles about kegs should be enjoyable. You won't find this information in your standard bartender guide.
Full Keg AKA Half Keg
This is the keg you're probably thinking about. It's the ones you see being carted into bars, dragged up steps into house parties, and generally looming large in U.S. beer culture. The full keg, also known as a half barrel keg, half keg, or full size keg is the standard size keg in the U.S. Much like a fifth of alcohol is the standard liquor bottle size. You don't need to go to bartending school to know about these.
How Heavy is a Full Keg?
The full keg weight of a half barrel keg is 160 pounds, and its empty keg weight is 30 pounds. That means there are 130 pounds of beer in a full half barrel keg.
How Many Beers In a Half Keg?
There are 124 16-ounce pints or 165 12-ounce cans or bottles in a full half keg, also called a half barrel keg. If you run out of beer in your half keg, it might be time to practice your upsell.
50 Liter Keg
A 50 liter keg is also known as an import keg or European barrel. It’s the most common keg size in Europe and tends to be the keg used for popular imported brands.
How Heavy Is a 50L Keg?
The full keg weight of a 50 liter keg is 130 pounds, and its empty keg weight is 27 pounds. That means there are 103 pounds of beer in a 50 liter keg. The total weight of beer only is useful to know as take your keg inventory.
How Many Beers Are in a 50 Liter Keg?
Approximately 105 16-ounce pints or 140 12-ounce cans or bottles is the amount of beer in a full 50 liter keg.
Quarter Barrel Keg AKA Pony Keg
The quarter barrel keg is also called the pony keg or the stubby quarter. Stubby because there is another keg with identical volume to the quarter barrel: the slim quarter keg, also called the tall quarter. The difference is that the slim quarter keg is above 10” higher and 5” thinner than the standard quarter barrel keg.
All the below numbers for the quarter barrel keg apply to the slim quarter keg.
How Heavy Is a Quarter Barrel Keg?
The full keg weight of a quarter barrel keg weighs is 87 pounds, and its empty keg weight is 22 pounds. That means there are 65 pounds of beer in a full quarter barrel keg.
How Much Beer Is in a Quarter Keg?
62 16-ounce pints or 82 12-ounce cans or bottles is the amount of beer in a quarter barrel keg.
How Much Beer Is in a Pony Keg?
Same as a quarter keg: 62 16-ounce pints or 82 12-ounce cans or bottles is the amount of beer in a pony keg.
Sixth Barrel Keg
A sixth barrel keg is also called a sixtel. It’s the 2nd smallest widely-available keg size out there.
How Heavy Is a Sixth Barrel Keg?
The full keg weight of a sixth barrel keg weighs is 58 pounds, and its empty keg weight is 15 pounds. That means there are 43 pounds of beer in a full sixth barrel keg.
How Many Beers Are in a Sixth Barrel Keg?
41 16-ounce pints or 55 12-ounce bottles or cans is the amount of beer in a full sixth barrel keg.
The little guy! Also called the corny keg and a mini keg, the Cornelius keg is the smallest widely-available keg size.
How Heavy Is a Cornelius Keg?
The full keg weight of a Cornelius keg weighs is 55 pounds, and its empty keg weight is 10.5 pounds. That means there are 44.5 pounds of beer in a full Cornelius keg.
How Many Beers Are in a Cornelius Keg?
There are 40 16-ounce pints or 53 12-ounce cans or bottles in a full Cornelius keg.
How to Use Beer Keg Weight to Take Beer Inventory
Here’s an example of how beer keg weight is used to determine the exact number of beers left in a keg. Once you master this skill, you'll feel like you've really earned that bartending license. In terms of the type of kegs, let’s consider the very common half barrel keg, which we now know:
- Is 160 pounds full
- Is 30 pounds empty
- Has 130 pounds of beer in it when full
- Has 124 16-ounce pints in it when full
Knowing there are 124 16-ounce pints in a full half barrel, we know there are 1,984 fluid ounces* of beer in it.
*16-ounce pints are not in regular ounces but in fluid ounces, which is a measurement of volume, not weight. In the case of fluid ounces, 16 does not necessarily equal a pound of weight.
So, we have 1,984 fluid ounces in 130 pounds of beer. Let’s figure out how many fluid ounces per pound that is with this formula:
Total Fluid Ounces / Pounds of Beer = Fluid Ounces per Pound of Beer
1,984 fl. oz. / 130 lbs = 15.2 fl. oz. per pound
Each pound of beer weight in our keg corresponds to 15.2 fluid ounces.
If we weigh our half barrel keg and it’s 100 pounds, we know that 60 pounds of beer have been used. And 70 pounds of beer are left.
Knowing that each pound of beer is 15.2 fluid ounces we can calculate how many pints are left in the keg with this formula:
Pounds of Beer Left X 15.2 fl. oz. = Total fl. oz. Left in Keg
70 x 15.2 fl. oz. = 1,064 fl. oz.
There is 1,064 fluid ounces of beer left in the keg. To find out how many pints that is, we divide by 16.
Total fl. oz. Left in Keg / 16 fl. oz. = Pints Left in Keg
1,064 fl. oz. / 16 fl. oz. = 66.5
So, How Many Beers In a Keg, Again?
There was a lot of information in this article. But most folks in the U.S. are usually referring to one size keg when they ask this question: the half keg. To reiterate, here are the numbers for the half keg.
How Many Beers In a Keg?
Using the standard keg size in the U.S., the half keg, there are 165 12-ounce cans or bottles or 124 16-ounce pints in a full keg.
How Much Does a Keg Weigh?
The most common keg in the U.S., the half keg, weighs:
Full Keg Weight
A full half keg weighs 160 pounds.
Empty Keg Weight
An empty half keg weighs 30 pounds.
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