Eventually most homebrewers begin to think about kegging their homebrew rather than dealing with the tedious process of storing, cleaning, sanitizing, rinsing, drying, filling and capping at least two cases worth of bottles every single time they brew. Kegging beer is faster than bottling beer and force-carbonated beer is ready to drink faster than bottle-conditioned beer. However, there are also drawbacks to kegging beer. In addition to all of the kegging equipment, you also need someplace to keep the keg cool (which means a refrigerator) and a way to dispense the beer (which means a tap system). Furthermore, kegs and kegged beer do not travel well. Therefore, having homebrew on tap is potentially expensive and not always convenient if you need homebrew on the go.

The most popular method of kegging homebrew is to use a Cornelius keg. In fact, the term "Cornelius keg" is applied generally to any stainless steel soda keg that may or may not have been manufactured by the IMI Cornelius Company. Firestone is another common manufacturer. The Cornelius keg is simply a cylindrical stainless steel vessel that holds approximately 5 gallons of beer - perfect for a regular batch of beer.


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