It seems like most homebrewers who keg never have enough kegs.
- It’s always good to have the next keg ready when the last one kicks.
- they are good to bulk age beer in.
- they can be used as fermenters.
- and they’re stainless!! So shiny!!
If you’re shopping for a kegger, then perhaps the only important thing to know is that there are two kinds of keg fittings. Pin-lock and Ball-lock. Pin-lock kegs have little pegs that poke out of the top of the posts.
These are pin lock posts
this is a ball lock post
If they already have a setup, then buy them the kind of keg connection that they already own.
Pin lock kegs are rarer, and it’s hard to find them new nowadays. Thankfully there is a very vibrant trade in used kegs. Adventures in homebrewing has used pin locks for under $40
Ball lock kegs can be found in 1.5, 2.5, 3, 5, 10 and 15 gallon sizes. 5 is by far the most common, but the smaller sizes are good for mini fridges or picnics and the bigger sizes are good for fermenting or heavy drinkers. Ball locks can also be found new or used, and with rubber handles on top or without. There are even new kegs around that are all-steel called torpedo kegs. They all serve beer, so follow your heart (or your wallet).
2.5 Gallon Rubber Handles New – $75
3 gallon new – $125
5 gallon used, rubber handles – $45
5 gallon, rubber handle NEW – $75
Torpedo Kegs – 1.5, 3, 5 gallons $75, $85, $89