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What are the major differences between a wine keg and a typical stainless steel beer keg?

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There is no difference between a stainless steel wine keg and a stainless steel beer keg, though the choice of inert gas used to push the liquid toward the nozzle sometimes varies.  While Carbon Dioxide is frequently used to push beer toward the nozzle for serving, this may not have the same appeal for wine, as there is the risk of an occasional 'bubble' appearing in the served wine.  Nitrogen is sometimes used as an alternative when serving keg wine.
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Shane Passmore at Lawson Kegs

Some prefer the insulation value of a poly coated stainless steel keg, because it can maintain it's temperature better. This is what we have heard from our wine customers.

May 6, 2014

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We are seeing a lot of wineries adopt our plastic, one-way keg system (KeyKeg) for "wine kegs" because it is not necessary to use a Nitrogen mix to dispense. No headspace and no contact between the dispensing gas and the product means the wine inside is kept fresh and with the exact liveliness the winemaker intended regardless of the gas used. 
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These answers are essentially correct, I just want to add that you can in fact customize a 'beer' keg for wine. We remove the valve and then have a sanitary welder affix a larger opening specifically designed for a 2" tri-clover clamp. It works a lot like Snap-on tools, the tri-clover fitting basically helps couple the top of the keg to various pieces of equipment during production and/or kegging. It's a relatively inexpensive endeavor, usually in the neighborhood of $30. I have pics of examples if anyone needs to show their fabricator - Prost!
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Some prefer the insulation value of a poly coated stainless steel keg, because it can maintain it's temperature better. This is what we have heard from our wine customers. www.lawsonkegs.com
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Almost the same
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