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Old 02-22-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Default What to do with an empty keg?

A friend at work gave me an empty 15 gallon sanke keg today. The obvious answer is 'fill that sucker up with beer!' But I don't have the equipment to do 15 gallons. Nor do I have the equipment to fill a sanke.

So I ask you, dear brewing friends. What projects or ideas come to mind?

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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New Boil Kettle or larger mash tun. Or an extra Hot liquid tank. Cut the top out and use it as a sanitizer tub too. A 15 gallon sanke is a nice thing to have and you can make an adapter to convert the fittings pretty cheap too. Have a look at building an adapter, the parts are all available at Bargain Fittings if you decide to go that way. Just thinkin out loud...
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I've got 2 and I use them as fermenters. Many people cut the tops and use them as a keggle.

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The easiest thing to do is simply remove the spear and use as a fermenter. That way your not permantly modifying it , and can take some time to think about what you need it for, and you can also fill it if needed (dual purpose).

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Give it back to the brewery that owns it?

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Give it back to the brewery that owns it?
yeah this is a good idea. It belongs to the brewery. It's basically stolen property.
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It depends on who it is from. I know stealing is stealing, but when I was in the hunt for a new BK and HLT (I ended up with concord pots), I called around to several breweries for decommissioned kegs.

The smaller ones recycle theirs, but when I called Yeungling to see if that had any they didn't use, the gentleman told me to buy a keg, drink the beer and then keep the bad boy and use it to homebrew- implying that they were not going to feel a few less kegs and further implying that using it to hombrew was a enough to make him not think twice about it.

The moral here? Send it back if it is a smaller operation- but keep it if it is one of the big guys with bad beer. (And to put your conscience at ease, call bud/miller/coors customer service and let the $9/hr rep tell you it's ok )

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I'm not sure where the keg is from. It's in the back of muh vehicle and I won't be able to check it out close till I'm off work. But since y'all have stirred up my conscious, I'll be calling the brewery once the owner is identified.

I bought a keg of beer for a party once and upon returning it to the distributor, I got like $40 back. Am I wrong in thinking there is a 'purchase price' built into the rental of a keg?

Regardless of the merits of keeping or returning of a keg, thanks for the ideas!

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The deposit doesn't cover the full cost of the keg. It's just so they are able to recoup some of the money in case it isn't returned.

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Gotcha. Thanks.

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