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leo6223  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 10:53:55 PM
Anyone know the break down of how much an average "mug" of beer costs from the keg vs. buying 6,12,18, or 24 packs?

I am by no means a heavy drinker. It's seasonal actually. During football season I drink the most (Sunday-NFL, Monday-NFL, Thur-NCAA, Sat-NCAA) and maybe a few others nights as well. Usually 1-2 beers but sometimes as many as 4-5 (not that often).


Trying to figure if it would be worth it to make myself a keg-a-rator. The other problem is getting a dirty keg. Can you keep your own keg and flush it and make sure it's clean and have them fill it? Probably not.


I guess the other downside is you only have one beer on hand vs having several types for when people come over.............then again F everyone else!
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Gripy  [Member]
6/5/2009 10:55:16 PM
Interesting question. I've been wondering about this myself.
Zakk_Wylde_470  [Member]
6/5/2009 10:57:03 PM
A half-keg (7 cases) of Miller Lite is $80.
gaspain  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 11:00:23 PM
$185 for premium bottles of beer, if you can get a keg for cheaper then its a good deal.

considering that a premium 6 pack costs about $6-7 bucks
Kuraki  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 11:01:58 PM
It's almost a wash with light beer. If you have your own tapper you come out slightly ahead.

With a premium beer it's probably a slightly better margin.
Barrelburner  [Member]
6/5/2009 11:49:13 PM
I don't know about the price, but canned beer is Pasteurized, and keg beer is not. At least for Budweiser.

Coors is not Pasteurized either way, which is why it is "kept cold from the brewery to your store."

BTW, Coors has breweries in Memphis and Shenandoah, VA as well as Golden, CO....how is their supply of "Rocky Mountain spring water" east of the Mississippi?
Oakley  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 11:51:20 PM
Originally Posted By Kuraki:
It's almost a wash with light beer. If you have your own tapper you come out slightly ahead.

With a premium beer it's probably a slightly better margin.


this is the correct answer

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vern23  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 12:01:33 AM
Originally Posted By Oakley:
Originally Posted By Kuraki:
It's almost a wash with light beer. If you have your own tapper you come out slightly ahead.

With a premium beer it's probably a slightly better margin.


this is the correct answer

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A standard keg is just under 7 cases of beer. A case of Bud Light runs me between $15 and $20 dollars. 15x7=105. I can get a keg of Bud Light from between $40 and $60 with the keg shell already in my possession. If I don't have a shell its another ~$20. Still less than buying by the case.
Kharn  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 12:06:54 AM
Also consider that for the keg to be drinkable for more than 2-3 days you will need a CO2 tank. The hand-pump introduces ambient air into the keg, which causes nasty growth due to the oxygen.

The breweries clean every keg that is returned to them, there's extremely minimal chances of you getting a foul keg due to improper cleaning. More likely, you could end up getting an old keg from your distributor if you order something that is not in high demand but he happens to have in stock.

Kharn
XDBACKUPGUN  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 12:08:45 AM

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
I don't know about the price, but canned beer is Pasteurized, and keg beer is not. At least for Budweiser.

Coors is not Pasteurized either way, which is why it is "kept cold from the brewery to your store."

BTW, Coors has breweries in Memphis and Shenandoah, VA as well as Golden, CO....how is their supply of "Rocky Mountain spring water" east of the Mississippi?



No need to point out the blatant lies in their marketing campaign.


mike3000fl  [Member]
6/6/2009 12:09:29 AM
see although people talk about filling a keg, you dont really ever fill it.

you just trade the fucker in and they give you another full one.

kinda like propane tanks
Rexaroonie  [Member]
6/6/2009 12:12:29 AM

Originally Posted By leo6223:
Anyone know the break down of how much an average "mug" of beer costs from the keg vs. buying 6,12,18, or 24 packs?

I am by no means a heavy drinker. It's seasonal actually. During football season I drink the most (Sunday-NFL, Monday-NFL, Thur-NCAA, Sat-NCAA) and maybe a few others nights as well. Usually 1-2 beers but sometimes as many as 4-5 (not that often).


Trying to figure if it would be worth it to make myself a keg-a-rator. The other problem is getting a dirty keg. Can you keep your own keg and flush it and make sure it's clean and have them fill it? Probably not.


I guess the other downside is you only have one beer on hand vs having several types for when people come over.............then again F everyone else!

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LDL7071  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 12:48:47 AM
There's one other factor that most people don't consider.

When you open a bottle of beer, usually it's going to be a 12 oz beer. When you pour yourself a draft, it's usually going to be a 16 oz pour.

But both of these will seem like drinking "one beer". That is, if you sit down and have a three beers during a football game, you're going to drink 36 oz of bottled beer, and 48 oz of draft beer, and probably be just as happy.

A keg, without waste, has 124 pints in it, so you're getting 124 "beers" per keg.

5 cases has 120 "beers" as well.

Say a case of Bud Light costs 15 bucks. That means 5 cases costs 75. A keg of Bud Light will probably be about 60, plus a deposit. And you need a CO2 tank. And you're going to waste a decent amount of it, even with a flawless system. You'll probably save between 8 and 10 cents every time you drink a beer. (Obviously these numbers are going to be different if you're drinking craft beers.)

You'll get more ounces of beer with the keg, but you probably won't notice it.

Also, keep in mind that your beer will be fresher if you buy cases. If you average 12 beers a week, you're going to be drinking 10 week old beer at the end of the keg. (And that's not including however long it took to get from the brewery to the distributor, from the distributor to the store, and from the store to you.) You're pushing the boundaries of happy beer drinking there––even with pasteurized beer.

If the 8-10 cents, or the extra 4 oz, means that much to you, then have fun with your kegerator.

But there's a reason why I don't have one.


wildearp  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 1:15:41 AM
There is no need to get a keg-o-rator. They tend to be over priced. If you plan to keep it in your garage, pick up a used frige and gut it for a keg. A late model frige will probably use less energy than your keg-o-rator and it will be much, much cheaper. You can also use the freezer to store meat and an icemaker is a huge bonus. All of the plumbing components, keg tap, etc. are widely available on the intarwebs now.

If you don't throw a bunch of parties and don't drink like a fish, stick with bottles and cans. Getting the pressure right and dispensing without foam is an art that is not for the timid. Half barrels can make you blow a nut if you can't hand truck your keg to your frige.........

larkinmusic  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 1:27:08 AM
Let's take a keg of Sam Adams Boston Lager for example. I sell that keg for $150. A 1/2 barrel keg of Sam Adams is 168 12 oz. beers which works out to 7 cases, which would cost $224 at $8 a six pack. So in this case you would save $74.
Kharn  [Team Member]
6/6/2009 7:56:50 AM
Originally Posted By wildearp:
If you don't throw a bunch of parties and don't drink like a fish, stick with bottles and cans. Getting the pressure right and dispensing without foam is an art that is not for the timid.
Set the PSI to equal out the pressure drop across the length of your beer line, which normally loses 2psi per foot, so 10psi and 5' is considered a balanced system.

Kharn


Sixguns4Fighting  [Member]
6/6/2009 8:11:48 AM
A keg-a-rator is good if you do alot of entertaining.

It's not a good thing if you don't do alot of entertaining as you will either drink far too much or it will sit unused for much of the time.
propguy  [Member]
6/7/2009 1:51:15 PM
Originally Posted By Sixguns4Fighting:
A keg-a-rator is good if you do alot of entertaining.

It's not a good thing if you don't do alot of entertaining as you will either drink far too much or it will sit unused for much of the time.


And the problem with the drink to much part is??????????????
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