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Old 11-25-2008, 03:59 PM   #1
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I have seen a number of keggles on Ebay ranging from 150-300 dollars depending on what is installed on them. My question is, do people actually pay that much for a keggle?

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Old 11-25-2008, 04:02 PM   #2
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This is why I do not understand keggles. I have them, but made them before joining this forum and understanding that the deposit does not "buy" the keg. I got mine in a college town and bought them from a liquor store owner who new exactly what I was doing. Oh well

If I were to do it over, knowing what I now do, I would just buy kettles. They are nicer and not much more expensive. I have decided the Blichmann's are the best for me, but the B3 kettles are also very nice if you really prefer welded connections (costs are comparable).

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Old 11-25-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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Most people get them purchase them illegally or at least questionably and modify them theirself, so no, most people don't pay that much for them. That's why so many people use them.

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This is why I do not understand keggles. I have them, but made them before joining this forum and understanding that the deposit does not "buy" the keg. I got mine in a college town and bought them from a liquor store owner who new exactly what I was doing. Oh well
Well put and I did the same
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I bought mine from a Scrap Yard for $15 dollars each. That said, now that I am sick and tired of DIY builds and mods. I am more willing to spend the cash for the pre-manufactured kettle.

$300 for a keggle is a stretch for me even if it were full sanitary weld. I might consider that price if it were fit for tri-clamp.

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A keg by itself does not cost much. But putting together a keggle does take some time and resources. I was eager to get a keggle of my own, I admit I was tempted to order on online, but I held out and put all the time and pieces into it. I certainly saved alot of money, but I can understand why anxious homebrewers with deep pockets would buy these at crazy prices.

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I have two keggles. I put up a wanted ad on craigslist, and got several offers and bought one for $30. There were several which were "old style" golden gate kegs, the kind with a bung in them so be sure you ask what kind of keg before you drive over to pick it up. My other keg I had Jaybird from this forum cut up for me with his plasma cutter . He did a killer job and even fashioned a lid out of the top of the keg.

I used an angle grinder with a thin cutoff wheel to cut out the top, and a bimetal hole saw to drill the hole for my weldless spigot kit. I also installed a bazooka T-screen, which works great for filtering out those hops. All together I probably spent close to $100 on all the materials and equipment for the keggle. If you have a welder friend, you might be able to have them cut out and weld a 1/2" bulkhead on there for some homebrews.

I highly recommend sourcing the kegs yourself, especially if money is an issue. While I'd like to buy 3 Blichmanns, I just am not going to drop $300 a pop on kettles, when I can brew the same quality beer by spending $100. That's just me...maybe when I have a grand to spend on brewing stuff I'll change my mind.

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No offense to anyone here or anywhere.... but if you are going to post an ad like that in CL, save yourself the trouble and go to your local college liquor store. The keg you receive from a CL wanted ad is a more expensive version of the stolen keg that involved a middle man. You will never get in trouble by obtaining a keg via the deposit, it is purely a moral qualm. The number of kegs lost through frat house walls pales how many are taken by homebrewers. The big breweries don't care enough to do anything about it. That doesn't make it right, it is just the facts. If you care then do the right thing, if you don't some people on a forum you have never really met aren't going ot change your mind.

This has been beaten to death here and doesn't need to be brought up. If you really want a keg, and care that it is legal, do a search here for reputable vendors of kegs. If you are considering getting one on Ebay or CL, just go get one yourself for $10.

This is why I say that keggles no longer make sense to me. I would not knowingly steal a keg. Therefore they are not very cost effective and I would opt for a kettle.

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No offense to anyone here or anywhere.... but if you are going to post an ad like that in CL, save yourself the trouble and go to your local college liquor store. The keg you receive from a CL wanted ad is a more expensive version of the stolen keg that involved a middle man. You will never get in trouble by obtaining a keg via the deposit, it is purely a moral qualm. The number of kegs lost through frat house walls pales how many are taken by homebrewers. The big breweries don't care enough to do anything about it. That doesn't make it right, it is just the facts. If you care then do the right thing, if you don't some people on a forum you have never really met aren't going ot change your mind.

This has been beaten to death here and doesn't need to be brought up. If you really want a keg, and care that it is legal, do a search here for reputable vendors of kegs. If you are considering getting one on Ebay or CL, just go get one yourself for $10.

This is why I say that keggles no longer make sense to me. I would not knowingly steal a keg. Therefore they are not very cost effective and I would opt for a kettle.
Oh, forgot to mention that these kegs were damaged...had some dents in them and had been retired. They were no longer servicable and had been retired due to their damaged state. I had to bang some dents out...
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I never brought up the ethical dilemna of obtaining a keg. How about we stay on the topic at hand, which was pricing...
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