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Old 01-05-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Northern Brewer 4 Pack Kegs for $123 shipped

Northern brewer's email ad today lists a 4 pack of used ball lock kegs for $115. It appears to be eligible for their $7.99 flat rate shipping, so each keg comes to just over $30, and each keg comes with an o-ring rebuild kit. A decent price to buy from an established business.

Has anybody had experience ordering kegs from Northern Brewer? I'd like to hear from some people about the condition the kegs were in.

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damn that's a great deal. I've never ordered kegs from them but I have had some pretty large orders and it went just fine.



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I was just about to order this set along with the extras to be tapping into one of them. It occured to me that I'm not sure how to store the empty kegs until such time as I am going to be using them. Does it hurt the metalic surface to leave a santaizer on the inside for an extended period, or does one just make sure they are very dry on the inside?

Sorry if this was asked, I've been looking and can't find the answer. And I have Christmas gift money burning a hole in my pocket

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I leave Star San in mine. No problems so far.

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Thanks that was a great deal!

I store my kegs dry but pressurized, that way when I go to uses them, if they don't hold pressure, I know its time to rebuild them.

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After killing a keg I usually wash with oxyclean and just rinse with water. I don't dry them out or anything. When ready for more beer, I'll use starsan to sanitize.

Starsan is slightly acidic, but the soda syrup these things were made for is way more acidic. I highly doubt you'd ever have a problem storing starsan inside one for an extended period of time.

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I leave a few ounces of starsan in and pressurize for storage.

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Thanks for the storage tips guys. Looks like it's time I traded in my bottles for some kegs

Now I just need to figure out how to split my gas line to two kegs, a tee, or a distributor. NB has the foam-free tubing kit and the gas line kit available, but my CO2 tank has only one outlet and I want to have two styles on tap at a time.

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If you're independently wealthy I'd recommend a secondary regulator so you can independently control the pressure to two different kegs. It's useful if you want to force/quick carb one keg while continuing to pour from the other one.

Otherwise, a distributor with backflow check valves is the cheaper way to go. I wouldn't recommend the tee because you are bound to get one type of beer backing up into the other keg and/or your regulator.

You'll inevitably find yourself forcecarbing one keg. To do this, you shut off gas to the other keg and increase the regulator on the tank. When you are done, you need to decrease the regulator pressure and bleed the keg you had been force carbing. If you forget to bleed (and you will despite your best efforts not to, trust me) the 30psi in the keg you were force-carbing will make the beer in that keg flow into the lower pressure keg once you open that valve.

The check-valves are cheap insurance to protect both your $30 keg of beer, and your $80 regulator on the tank. Good luck.

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If you forget to bleed (and you will despite your best efforts not to, trust me) the 30psi in the keg you were force-carbing will make the beer in that keg flow into the lower pressure keg once you open that valve.
I do agree that a check valve is cheap insurance for your regulator.

But... Beer will only flow between 2 kegs via the gas line if you have them incorrectly connected (gas on the beer out post), or have them overfilled. The gas tube in the keg is short and should not contact the beer, so you may blow gas from one to the other but beer shouldn't go.

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