I have just bought a 5L kegerator system for my office & would like to start bringing my homebrew in.

What do I need to get started? Can I re-use purchased 5L kegs or are there any retailers around that sell empties?

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There is some good information here on reusing them also: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=90461&start=0



  • 5L kegs (will need 4x to brew a 20L batch)
  • 2-way bungs (1x for each keg)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (for priming)
  • Secondary vessel / Bottling bucket


  1. Ferment primary brew as per usual
  2. Clean kegs with warm water and gentle bleach & sterilise kegs as would bottles
  3. Rack brew onto secondary / bucket with 1/3 cup sugar
  4. Fill kegs to 25mm short of the top & seal with 2-way bung (may need water for lubrication)
  5. Store kegs as if they were bottles (e.g. 2 weeks at room temp)
  6. Enjoy

Directions taken from minikeg.net.au.

  • Why are you priming kegs in step 5 when you added sugar in step 3?
    – brewchez
    Jun 3, 2011 at 23:19
  • Poor choice of words on my part. Jun 4, 2011 at 0:29

You can buy new or used kegs, but keep in mind that mini kegs are usually harder to find than full size cornies, and can thus be 2-3 times more expensive.

Details about usage (priming, tapping, cleaning, sanitizing, etc.) are given here. If you buy used, it's a good idea to ensure that it's been pressure tested before you buy, and pick up some spare o-rings.

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