Review: Adventures In Homebrewing – Old Ale 5 Gallon Corny Kegs
The Adventures In Homebrewing / Old Ale 5 gallon corny kegs are really nice. There are two handles made of pretty solid rubber. A full keg will slightly flex the rubber but they handle the weight quite well. The bottom consists of the same rubber as the handles. They make it fairly carefree for sitting down without dings but the rubber might scuff certain floors. They stack very well when you need to store them away in a closet.
These are ISO 9001 and NSF certified. In layman’s terms ISO 9001 is a standard for quality where an outside assessor inspects an item to be up to industry standards. NSF certification is also done by an independent firm that is also a non-profit. NSF basically means these have been tested to be food safe.
The 304 stainless steel is thick enough to survive the occasional bump. I managed to bump mine full of cider when I was loading my keg into my keezer. No dents or scratches were caused and I was relieved. Keg rolling for quick carbonating works fine with absolutely no leaks. I’ve never had the restaurant grade kegs but believe these will hold up just as well.The corny kegs measure 25 inches tall and are 8.5 inches in diameter. The welds are visible but are perfectly smooth and I’ve had no pressure loss.
The pop-it valves are the industry standard and the posts will fit standard ball lock quick disconnects. I like these kegs because the posts are clearly marked as out for liquid out and in for gas in. The lid comes with a nice gasket that seals with a handle pressure fitting. A pressure relief valve is present on the lid that simply requires a pull of the pin in case you want to vent manually. These are marked as being rated for up to 130 PSI. The dip tube seems really solid and could be bent up if you wanted to use these for corny fermenting. These also come in 3 and 1.75 gallon models albeit at the same price as the 5 gallon.
These corny kegs are a great bargain compared to used kegs. They are constantly on sale for $75 and sometimes even on sale for $65. You only have to pay a bit more for a brand new shiny keg that is guaranteed to seal well with no soda residue. The other wonderful thing is these use standard replacement parts so it won’t be hard to find new seals, pop its, etc if something breaks.
I ended up buying four of these on a Christmas sale. They have worked out really well and I plan to fill out my keezer with two more. One last honorable mention is how easy they were to clean. I simply filled with warm water and soaked overnight. The next day I filled with Star San and kegged my beer. Save yourself any hassle and buy a new keg with good seals and a sparkling new stainless steel!
- Double Handles
- Rubber Bottom
- Easy To Replace Parts
- Manual Pressure Relief Valve
- More Expensive Than Used