5 litres or nearly 9 pints of fresh-fill ale. Shelf life is set from the date of filling and is usually about 4 weeks. Once opened, we challenge you to keep one for more than a week.
The ale in these containers is racked as bright, so there's no need for settlement time. You can open and drink. The container should be placed in your blue wheelie bin for recycling (unless you can think of a more imaginative use).