Cask & Keg Products and Brewing Essentials

You’ve told us that you want your beer to arrive at your customer in the same first-class condition as it was when it left the brewery. What you don’t want is beer all over the floor… all for the sake of a cheap bung.

Our shives, keystones and keg caps are rigorously tested to strict performance criteria designed to reduce the risk of blow outs and leak. This is no mean feat when you consider the variation in cask and keg types. A continuous development program enables the supply of the most innovative, high quality closures and at the best value too. We’ve a good chance of matching you up with the most ideal closure whether you use wood, stainless steel, aluminium or plastic containers. We’ve a wide range of products for both craft and volume brewer alike; we’re here to guide you through the range.

Plastic shives

The widest range available includes ribbed or banded cask shives. The banded shive comes in 5 sizes, each designed to fit a specific cask type. The banded shive is the most commonly used shive. It appeals to the craft brewer who applies by hand using a hammer and it is suitable for high volume users where application and removal has been automated.

Wood shives

Used since beer was packaged in cask, the traditional wood shive is turned and then compressed which allows the closure to swell on contact with the liquid, providing a tight seal. Sizes range between 2” and 2.1/2” with the most popular being 2.1/16” diameter. Wood shives must be kept dry before use.

Plastic keystones

Standard No.2 and the larger, less common No. 1 sizes available. Thermoplastic materials are used for keystones that are applied to a hot cask which is then filled quickly thereafter. A lower cost LDPE variant is available, strictly for those who fill cold casks.

Wood keystones

Standard No.2 and the larger, less common No. 1 sizes available and each manufactured using limewood. As with wood shives, wood keystones must be kept dry prior to use.

Spiles and clip corks

Hard spiles in wood or plastic and soft “porous” spiles in cane allow the beer in cask to vent and then dispense, helping to manage beer quality through to the last drop.

Straight Clip Corks can be used to plug the keystone hole after dispensing & preventing any residuals in the cask from spilling when the container is collected.

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Plastic Shives

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Plastic Keystones

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Dust Caps

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Tamper Resistant Keg Caps