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Keg sizes and Coupler Valve Comparison Chart

When it comes to coupler valves, most North American beer keg couplers and valves are standardized to the “D” System, which is also called the North American Sankey system.  There are a few breweries which use other systems, or specialty valves and couplers, but these are mostly European brands. In most cases, the type of valve and coupler will be decided by the manufacturer.  Mini kegs have their own coupler system, which is dependent upon the brand of mini keg dispenser, and are integrated units. In general, the type of valve and coupler can be decided by the chart below.

 

Keg Sizes
Keg Type
Cornelius Keg/Rubber Handle
Mini Keg
1/6th Slim
Pony
Quarter Slim
Full Size
Coupler Valve
Pin lock or
ball lock
Mini keg*
D, A, U, S, G (*)
D, A, U, S, G (*)
D, A, U, S, G (*)
D, A, U, S, G (*)
Gallons
5
1.32
5
7 ¾
7 ¾
15 ½
12 oz Cups
53
14
53
82
82
165
16oz Cups
40
10.5
40
62
62
124
Height
25”
9 7/8”
16.2”
17.5”
23.5”
23.5”
Width
8.5”
9”
9.25”
14”
11.2”
16.2”
Barrel
1/6th
1/24th
1/6th
1/4th
1/4th
Half
Full Weight
50 lbs.
15 lbs.
60 lbs.
90 lbs.
90 lbs.
160 lbs.
Alias
Soda Keg, Corny keg,
Homebrew keg
Bubba, Tiny Keg
Slim
Quarter Barrel, Stumpy, Dwarf keg
Quarter Slim, Tall Quarter
Sanke Keg, Half Barrel,

Valve and Coupler Type

Beer Manufacturers

“D” System aka North American Sankey Most Craft Brewers, Canadian, & Mexican beers
“A” System aka German Slider Chimay, Spaten, Hoegarten, Delirium Tremens Ale, and more
“U” System Guiness, Smithwicks, Harp, and a few others
“S” System aka Euro Sankey Heinekin, Amstel, Young's, Stella, Murphy's, and more
“G” System aka Grundy Anchor, Grolsch, Watney's, Tennent's
“M” System Zywiec, Schneider, Einbecker, a few others

Published On: Friday, September 7, 2012

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