Corny Kegs & Parts

Cornelius Kegs for Home Brewing

Cornelius kegs (aka Corny kegs) have been around for years. They are prized by homebrewers for their simple, robust and yet highly reliable and versatile construction.

A Corny keg is essentially a stainless steel canister originally intended to be used for dispensing soft drinks but later was discovered by homebrewers to be an ideal fit for storing and dispensing beer as well.

Cornelius kegs come in several sizes:

  • 1.5 gal (6 liters)
  • 2.378 gal (9 liters)
  • 3 gal (11.355 liters)
  • 5 gal (18.925 liters)
  • 10 gal (37.85 liters)

What makes Corny kegs great is that they have a safety relief valve so you can get down inside and clean it by hand. They’re easy to take apart if you need to sanitize them.

Ball lock kegs are really simple to operate, carry around, and service. They will dispense anything - thanks to the stainless steel they’re made of.

Corny Keg Parts

Despite being quite a simple piece of homebrewing equipment, corny kegs do consist of a few important parts that homebrewers should be aware of in order to use their corny kegs more efficiently and replace those parts if and when needed.

A typical Corny keg system features the following main elements:

In case you have a Cornelius keg with Sankey connection, you will need to get a corny keg adapter to convert a Sankey keg into a ball-lock style Cornelius keg.

Also, a nice addition to your homebrew keg kit would be a cleaning kit to keep your corny keg ready for another portion of fine homebrew beer.
Needless to say, all of these parts, as well as Corny kegs in the most common formats (1.5 gal, 2.5 gal and 5 gal), can be easily ordered from BeverageCraft and shipped directly to your door.

Be sure to browse our selection of new corny kegs for sale, various parts, and kits for cleaning corney kegs for beer.

Kegging Homebrew

Kegging your homebrew is arguably the nicest and easiest part of the homebrewing process. In its simplest form, kegging requires the following items:

  1. Cornelius keg
  2. Equipment for siphoning - siphon hose and auto-siphon
  3. Kegerator with CO2 tank and gas regulator
  4. Beer, obviously!

The first thing you need to do is collect the final gravity sample by pouring a sample of your beer into a hydrometer flask. Put your hydrometer into the sample and take the reading - it should match the one that’s in the guideline for the sort of beer you’re brewing.

Then put the beer container on top of a table or a counter, slip the auto-siphon in and attach a hose running it all the way down to the keg. Enable the auto-siphon by pulling and pushing the hose and then simply wait for a few minutes for all the beer to pour into the keg.

After you fill the keg with enough beer, it’s time to close it up - put the lid on top of the keg and snap it down to make sure it’s tightly closed.

Next up is pressurizing - make the proper connections via the gas-in body and liquid-out connects. The gas line runs from the keg to the CO2 tank while the beer is attached to the tap. Set the proper CO2 level on the regulator and wait for the beer to carbonize.

After the CO2 concentration in the keg reaches the required levels, you can start pouring the ice-cold beverage and enjoying your own homebrew beer!

Where Is The Cheapest Place to Buy Ball Lock Kegs?

Of all the places you can get ball lock kegs, BeverageCraft is the one that provides you with a full range of quality equipment for homebrewing, including:

  • Cornelius ball lock kegs of various capacities - from 1.5 gallons to 5 gallons
  • Various spare parts and elements
  • Ball-lock quick disconnects (gas and liquid)
  • Pressure relief valves
  • Ball-lock with an adapter to faucet assembly
  • Keg lids
  • Keg lid washers
  • Refurbishment washers kits

Feel free to browse our selection by clicking on the part you’re interested in for more information.