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How Much Does a Full Keg Weigh

For many beer enthusiasts, the idea of having a fresh, cold beer straight from the tap is a tantalizing prospect. And for homebrewers in Australia, this dream can become a reality with the help of a keg. But before investing in a keg and tap system, it is important to consider the weight of a keg, especially if you plan on transporting it.

Another possible reason to know the weight of a full keg is for during the packaging of your homebrew beer into a keg. It is common practice to weigh the keg as you are filling it to give you an indication of how much beer is in the keg.

Below, we will explore the weight of kegs commonly available to homebrewers in Australia.

How Much Does Beer Weigh?

To know how much a full keg weighs, we need to understand how much beer weighs.

The weight of a liter of beer can vary depending on the beer’s specific gravity, which is a measure of the beer’s density compared to that of water.

However, a rough estimate is that a liter of beer weighs about 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds.

This estimate is based on the density of an average beer, which is slightly less than that of water. It’s worth noting that the weight of a liter of beer can also be influenced by the beer’s alcohol content, carbonation level, and other factors.

But for the purpose of this article, we will assume you are talking about an average beer that weighs 1kg per liter.

How Much Does a Full Keg of Home Brew Beer Weigh?

There are many, many, many different styles, shapes and sizes of kegs available. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss only the most common types of kegs available to homebrewers in Australia.

The empty weights have been researched from common manufacturers, but they may vary depending on who made your keg. So its best to weigh your keg yourself to be sure.

So without further ado, here are the common keg sizes, and how much they weigh – both empty and full.

Size (liters)Empty Weight (kg)Full Weight (kg)
Commercial Keg501262
Cornelius keg194.723.7
Mini Keg9.53.7513.25
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