Keg Sizing 101 & How Beer Math Helps


Restaurants and bars are beginning to open back up across the nation. With excitement to invite consumers back, learning how to adjust to the changes in crowd sizes is still going to have a bit of a learning curve. While some people are running right to their local favorites, others are still taking precautions and easing back into things. This means that there's a little bit of give and take when it comes to stocking inventory. As you begin placing orders for your kegs and start the process of welcoming guests back, here's how you can determine what size kegs your operation needs.


In the United States, a standard keg holds roughly 15.5 U.S. gallons. It can be difficult to keep up with the surplus of names, sizes, and who calls each size what. Every type of keg has a multitude of nicknames and this can make it extremely difficult to figure out how to properly size and order the kegs you need without overbuying or leaving yourself with little to no room in your beer cooler. Fortunately, with beer math, you can reduce your walk-in cooler footprint by up to 40%. This saves you money, labor, time and ensures staff can grab a keg safely. 

When sizing kegs, the amount of beer they hold isn't the only thing you have to be aware of. You need to keep up with diameter, height, and direct draw for equipment. Luckily, beer math provides you with an all-in-one solution. 

For example, let's look at a few of the different sizes of kegs you can use for your beer cooler.

Keg Size Graphic -  new

By analyzing the data mentioned above by using beer math, you can take the number of products on tap and generally multiply them by three. This allows you to determine your needed size for a walk-in beer cooler while keeping in mind the diameter of each keg, how popular each product is, and how often you'll need to move an empty keg to the floor. 


It may seem like an easy task when determining your operation's precise keg needs, but it ultimately boils down to a thing we like to call beer math. By gathering data that shows how many ounces you pour in 1 week, and THEN reviewing other specific operational needs, we can create a Draft Beer Analysis (DBA) formula to design a custom beer cooler shelving solution.

Through consistent monitoring over the years, we've determined that no matter how many taps you have in your beer cooler, 1/3 of those taps will move faster than other products. This means that for more popular products you'll want easy shelving access so that taps are interchangeable and require little to no time consumption. Additionally, with beer math we're able to decipher which products are cost-efficient and which products are going to waste, allowing you to put money back into your budget and focus on other tasks. 


If you're still uncertain of how beer math can help you size kegs to meet product demand while improving the safety and workflow of your walk-in beer cooler, contact us today so we can sit down and do the math with you. Our turn key formula is the solution you need when getting back into the swing of things. As we all adjust to the new day trends, wasting beer and losing money isn't in our game plan. We look forward to helping you understand how beer math can cut back on waste and improve the overall spectrum of service when customers order a drink. 

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We know about all the challenges restaurants and foodservice operators face when it comes to draft beer, but we also know not all of them directly apply to you. Please take a few seconds to tell us what matters to you, and we'll help you create a customized solution.

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