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Old 06-21-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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So this is the new 2.5 gallon keg sold by homebrew.org. There was a thread on here about it, unlike the one sold by Williams Brewing, this one has the dip tube that goes all the way to the bottom, no extension needed. This is $79 for a limited time.

Definitely chinese made. Pressures up just fine, all the fittings work. Lid is a little odd...I did not check to see if it was interchangeable with other corny lids but at first glance I'm not sure it is. The other odd thing about it is the coating. It has some kind of shiny plating sprayed on it. I can tell because it kind of thins out near the posts. Inside, it is definitely stainless steel, more of a brushed or matte finish.

Anyway, it is thirty bucks or more savings over the 2.5 gallon kegs with the plastic bottom. We'll see how it works. And regardless of the quality of this thing, just a plug for homebrewing.org. I've ordered all kinds of stuff from them, great shop.

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Old 07-01-2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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Looks good. Keep us posted if you have any issues. I may grab 1 or 2 from a local shop selling them (cornykeg.com).

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:20 AM   #3
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If it really is stainless steel it would not need a sprayed-on coating. Makes me wonder what the keg is made of.

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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Cadmium. It's just a giant battery shell..

J/K - let us know how it works out. In the market for a second keg for a portable kegerator project.

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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I have one too, the underside of the lid is what looks weird to me (as in looks like its has a coating). So far its awesome though.

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #6
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I have one of these and so far so good, pretty tough feeling for all the "it's a cheap chinese knockoff" talk I've heard. I have swapped lids on it with another one no issue, it has a good amount of clearance for the lever and the opening is the same size. Holds pressure nice!

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Yeah, it is working out so far, right now I am serving up some of edworts apfelvein in it (sp?). Just that spray coating was weird, that's the reason i made the post in the first place. Seems to be ok though.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:22 PM   #8
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funny you mention that about china, the companies I have worked for have ALL had the toughest time getting parts to fit from over there. Sure 1 part will get here ok, but if you need 2 parts to mesh up in any way, they screw it up. It is as if they have a fake factory you visit, then out source the lid to some other place, and the pot they make themselves..........just thought it was funny you saying that...

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How tall is the keg with the ball lock fittings attached? I'm hoping it will fit in my fridge. Any update after using it a while?

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I have 2 different kinds but both are good quality though one is better than the other. I mostly use these for 2.5 gallon test beers and occasionally split a 5 gallon batch into 2. They fit in my fridge and if I don't want them in the kegerator, I just use one of the little C02 portable and take these to parties or picnics. Fit ok in most ice chests.

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