What is a Sixtel? What is a Sixtel Keg?

A sixtel keg is 1/6 of a full keg of beer. Sixtels are also called sixths due to their size. A sixtel keg is similar to a corny (Cornelius) keg in size, however, it will have a commercial-style connection (rather than ball/pin lock fittings).

A sixtel keg is equivalent to .16 barrels, and holds approximately 5.16 gallons (or approximately 19.5 liters) of liquid.

Sixtel kegs are commonly used by craft breweries and those serving a variety of beverages, like beer, kombucha, coffee, nitro coffee, tea, ect. 


A sixtel keg, like most beer kegs, is typically made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a common material for kegs because it is durable, corrosion-resistant, and easy to clean. These properties are important for maintaining the quality and safety of the beverages stored in the keg and for the keg's long-term use in the brewing and beverage industry.

Stainless steel kegs come in various grades, but 304 stainless steel is a commonly used grade due to its corrosion resistance and suitability for food and beverage applications. This material helps ensure that the beer or other beverages stored in the keg remain untainted and of high quality.

In addition to stainless steel, there are also disposable kegs made of other materials, such as aluminum or plastic, but these are typically not referred to as sixtel kegs and are often used for one-time use or specific applications. Stainless steel remains the preferred choice for reusable kegs.

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