Storage Temperature/Duration:
Draft beer is not pasteurized, so it must be kept cold, preferably at 38°F. Temperatures above 45°F may cause beer to become wild, turn sour and cloudy. Draft beer should be consumed within 30 days, or it loses its original brewery fresh taste and aroma the older it gets.

Beer Volumes:
½ keg of beer contains approximately 15 ½ gallons or 1,984 fluid oz.
½ keg of beer equals approximately 6 ¾ cases of 12-oz. bottles or cans
½ keg of beer contains approximately 192 12-ounce glasses with a 1” head on top
¼ keg of beer contains approximately 7 ¾ gallons
¼ keg of beer equals approximately 3 ½ cases of 12-oz. bottles or cans

Keg Dimensions and Weight:

  Quarter Keg Half Keg
Height 17″ to 21″ 25″ to 29″
Diameter 16″ to 20″ 18″ to 22″
Weight 80 to 85 lbs. 160 to 180 lbs.

CO2 Cylinders:

Cylinder Size Diameter Height Empty Weight Full Weight
2 ½ Lbs. 3 ½” 18 ¼” 6 ½ Lbs. 9 Lbs.
5 Lbs. 5″ 17 ½” 12 ½ Lbs. 17 ½Lbs.

 

  • It takes about ½ lbs. of CO2 to dispense a half keg of beer.
  • A 2 ½ lb. CO2 Cylinder should dispense between 4-5 half kegs or 8-10 quarter kegs.
  • A 5 lb. CO2 Cylinder (as in Marvel’s 61 KH) shyould dispense between 8-10 half kegs or 18-20 quarter kegs.

Buying Kegs:
Try your local liquor or grocery store first. Some carry them, some do not. The local wholesale distributor is Bellevance Beverage Company, 120 Northwest Blvd., Nashua, NH 03063. Phone number is (603) 882-9722.

Refilling CO2 Canisters:
Bellevance Beverage recommends using Arc Source at 60 Crown Street in Nashua (near East Hollis Street Hudson bridge). Phone number is (603) 881-4963.

A second source for refilling canisters is Maine Oxygen at 11 Redmond Street (near Riverside Drive Police Station). Phone number is (800) 435-5976.