The Ultimate Beer Keg Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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Have you ever considered how much thought goes into the way beer is stored, poured, moved and drunk? Take a sober look at your knowledge of this potent potable by taking our beer keg quiz.

How many millions of barrels of beer were brewed in the U.S. in 2010?

According to The Beer Institute, more than 180 million barrels of beer were brewed in America in 2010!

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How much beer does an American barrel hold?

In the U.S., a barrel holds 31 gallons (117 liters). A European barrel holds 13 gallons (49 liters).

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How much does an empty half-barrel weigh?

Half-barrels hold 14-16 gallons (53-60 liters) and are the type of keg you'd see at your neighbor's backyard barbecue. An empty half-barrel weighs 30 pounds (13 kilograms)!

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What are the advantages to storing beer in a keg?

The keg is the preferred storage container for beer; it's long-lasting, can be used repeatedly and is easy to stack, tap and roll.

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What are "ribs" for in a beer keg?

The keg's top and bottom are welded together around a stainless steel cylinder, whose ribs add rigidity and stability to the structure.

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What do torpedoes and ponies have in common?

They're both beer kegs, but they hold different amounts. The torpedo holds a sixth of a barrel, and the pony holds a quarter. Saddle up!

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What is one of the most important features of a beer keg?

A keg has got to be airtight. Otherwise, you might be toasting with a glass of flat, flavorless beer. Yuck!

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Why does a beer keg have a spear?

A spear is a kind of metal straw that allows the beer to be drawn up from the bottom of the keg and out through the tap at the top.

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Where are taps located on most beer kegs?

Most kegs are tapped at the top. Although this goes against gravity, the beer is released through pressurization.

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What's the main disadvantage of a party pump?

A party pump, due to the required pumping, lets air into the keg and makes the beer go flat. This is why partygoers are encouraged to drink quickly and often.

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What gives beer its bubbles?

Beer's natural carbonation comes from carbon dioxide.

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What two gases are the best combination for maintaining natural carbonation?

The best mix is carbon dioxide and nitrogen. They maintain natural carbonation without ruining flavor.

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How long do beer kegs normally last?

They are amazingly durable and usually have a lifespan of about 30 years.

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What is keg refurbishing?

Keg refurbishing companies preserve the life of kegs by cleaning, repairing and sterilizing them.

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How many different types of taps are there?

Seven different types of keg taps are used throughout the beer-drinking world.

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Why are there so many types of beer keg taps?

Different types of beer require unique levels of pressure that require a specific tap.

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What device is used with beer taps to maintain the inside pressure?

The coupler allows beer through the tap while maintaining the pressure inside the keg.

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What does excess heat do to beer?

Too much heat is bad news for beer. The carbon dioxide bubbles expand and are released, causing its fizz to go flat.

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What is a firkin?

Ale served directly out of a cask called a firkin has made a comeback in recent years. Aficionados praise its full and nuanced flavor, and many believe that to drink cask ale is to enjoy beer as it was meant to be.

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Which type of keg do home brewers prefer for their beer storage?

The Cornelius keg, also known as the "corny," is what holds beverages in fast-food restaurants. It holds about 5 gallons (19 liters), and home brewers have adopted it as their storage method of choice.

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