White Labs

White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation team members have been active in the American and worldwide craft brewing movements since the 1980s. The company, which has grown to include offices in California and Colorado, provides a wealth of services to not only brewers but also winemakers, distillers and others in the fermentation business. Below is a brief description of numerous company employees.

White Labs Yeast Guarantee: If you are not 100% satisfied with your yeast within 30 days of purchase we will replace your yeast at no cost. White Labs will either credit the full amount of your order or replace your yeast order including shipping charges. Please notify us within 30 days from the date of purchase (invoice date). This includes liquid yeast, bacteria and brettanomyces only.

GMO Free: White Labs yeast is GMO free.

Sanke Beer Kegs

Sanke "D" style kegs are the standard keg in the US. They've been used by breweries for years and in recent years, they have been becoming more popular for alternative craft beverages such as coffee, kombucha, tea and more. Check out our assortment of US style stainless steel sanke kegs below.

Also check out our Hybrid Kegs and Tri-Clamp Kegs. These new options allow easy access into the inside of the keg for quick and easy cleaning, filling, etc. 

Understanding the Versatility of Sanke Kegs

When delving into the world of draft beer, one term you're likely to encounter is "Sanke keg," sometimes spelled as "Sankey." But what exactly is a Sanke keg, and how does it play a pivotal role in the distribution and enjoyment of beer? In this comprehensive exploration, we'll uncover the intricacies of Sanke kegs, their components, sizes, and the indispensable keg couplers that unlock the liquid gold within.

The Anatomy of a Sanke Keg

At its core, a Sanke keg is a specialized type of beer keg, renowned for its simplicity and efficiency. What sets it apart from other keg varieties is the presence of a single valve located at the top of the keg. This valve serves as the gateway through which both beer and gas traverse, facilitating the seamless flow of your favorite brew from keg to glass.

To better understand the mechanics at play, let's break down the components of a typical Sanke keg:

  1. Sanke Keg Valve:
    Positioned atop the keg, the valve is the nerve center of the operation. It orchestrates the passage of both beer and gas, ensuring a harmonious flow within the keg.
  2. Sanke Keg Spear:
    The spear is a critical component housed within the valve. Extending from the top to the bottom of the keg, it plays a pivotal role in transporting beer from the depths of the keg to the awaiting glass.
  3. Gas Flow:
    Gas, typically carbon dioxide (CO2), enters the keg and flows to the upper portion. This gas exerts pressure on the beer, propelling it upwards through the spear and ultimately out for dispensing.
  4. Beer Flow:
    On the journey from keg to glass, the beer follows a path guided by the spear. It moves from the bottom of the keg, where it resides, up through the spear, and eventually emerges for consumption.

Sanke Keg Sizes: Choices Galore

Just as beer aficionados relish the diversity of beer styles, Sanke kegs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to cater to different needs. Here are some of the most common Sanke keg sizes you might encounter:

  1. 5.16 Gallon (1/6 Barrel):
    Perfect for smaller gatherings or establishments, this compact keg size holds approximately 5.16 gallons of beer.
  2. 7.75 Gallon (1/4 Barrel):
    Slightly larger, the 7.75-gallon keg is often chosen by venues that anticipate a moderate demand for draft beer.
  3. 15.5 Gallon (1/2 Barrel):
    A standard choice for many bars and restaurants, the 15.5-gallon keg, also known as a half-barrel, can quench the thirst of a considerable crowd.
  4. 13.2 Gallon (50L or Euro Sanke Keg):
    Popular in Europe and gaining recognition worldwide, the 13.2-gallon keg, or Euro Sanke keg, caters to a diverse range of beer styles and preferences.

These various keg sizes allow establishments to cater to different customer bases and offer a wide selection of brews, ensuring there's something on tap for everyone.

Sanke Keg Couplers: The Key to the Treasure Chest

To access the liquid treasure concealed within a Sanke keg, you'll need a keg coupler, sometimes referred to as keg taps. Think of the coupler as a trusty key that unlocks the potential of the keg. It's the essential tool that bridges the gap between the keg's valve and the dispensing system, ensuring a smooth pour.

While several types of keg couplers are available, the D-style coupler reigns supreme in the United States as the most commonly used. This coupler is tailored to fit the majority of Sanke kegs found in the U.S., making it a staple tool for bars, restaurants, and breweries.

Here's a glimpse of the different style couplers and the types of Sanke kegs they are compatible with:

  • D-Style Sanke Coupler:
    This versatile coupler is the go-to choice for most Sanke kegs in the United States.
  • S-Style Sanke Coupler:
    The S-style coupler is commonly used for European Sanke kegs and is a must-have for establishments with an international beer selection.
  • A-Style Sanke Coupler:
    Designed for German beers, the A-style coupler ensures a snug fit with German-made Sanke kegs.
  • G-Style Sanke Coupler:
    Known as the "Grundy coupler," it's primarily used for certain European kegs like Guinness and Bass.

Unlocking the Potential of Sanke Kegs

Now that you've uncovered the inner workings of Sanke kegs, their sizes, and the essential keg couplers, you're well-equipped to appreciate their significance in the world of beer. These kegs serve as vessels of liquid joy, delivering an array of brews to beer enthusiasts worldwide.

Whether you're a seasoned bartender, a homebrewing enthusiast, or simply someone with a penchant for quality drafts, understanding the role of Sanke kegs enriches your appreciation for the craft of serving and enjoying beer. As you venture into the world of beer, remember that the humble Sanke keg is a trusted companion on this effervescent journey. Cheers to the world of beer, and may the taps flow freely!