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Old 11-11-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hello I have 50L sankey keg that I think is stainless steel but I can't tell if it is or not ????????

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Old 11-11-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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It is stainless, I am 99% sure and I haven't even seen the keg. Most major manufacturers have not made aluminum 15.5 gallon sankey kegs in over a decade. If your keg looks really old like 1980's old it might be, but the chances of an aluminum one still being in circulation today are small. If it is a newer coors, miller or anheiser bush keg you are in business.

Treat this keg as stainless steel, and start welding stuff on to it, if it melts into a puddle quickly when you are welding stuff on to it, it was by some miniscule chance aluminum and you ruined it, but this is fine since aluminum is worth a good bit as scrap metal. Sell the thing and buy a brewpot.

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Old 11-11-2008, 10:47 PM   #3
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:21 PM   #4
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It is a European sankey keg an it was made in France

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Old 11-12-2008, 12:52 AM   #5
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i don't know what a sankey keg is, but if it's stainless steel, a magnet won't stick to it.

Of course, a magnet won't stick to aluminum either, but surely it's weight will tell you if it's aluminum or not.

Plus, aluminum scratches real easy.

Plus, if you rub a white ceramic coffee cup, or plate against it, and it leaves a mark like a silver pencil on the cup/plate, that won't ever come off, it's aluminum.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:26 AM   #6
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not quite.

Martensitic stainless is magnetic.

That's why stainless kitchen knives stick on to those magnetic knife holders.

Keg are "typically" austensitic, however, so the change of magnet sticking to a stainless keg are quite low, though not impossible.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:33 AM   #7
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Have you ever seen a magnet stick to a SS keg????

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