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Old 03-18-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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So I went into my LHBS yesterday to buy another corny. He kind of grimaced when I asked him for one and he take me around back to show me about 20 cornies left. He said once they run out they won't be able to order anymore used ones. They will have to order new ones and sell them at 125 bucks each! He said all the ones from Coke/Pepsi have been bought up and now new ones will have to be made. Has anyone else heard this? You might wanna stock up on cornies while they are still cheap!

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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The LHBS I visit has increased the price of their used corny kegs by $10... This wasn't that long ago either. I was already thinking I'd get either new ones, or used new style 5 gallon kegs when it's time (under $100 each)... Or I'll just go with my original plan and get 3 gallon new corny kegs and bottle the balance.

It does sound like what I've been hearing from other sources though... Keep in mind, the Pepsi style kegs haven't been made in many years. Once they're all bought up, you'll only see the occasional ones offered for sale.

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:45 PM   #3
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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Yeah since soda manufacturers no longer use these they are going to get more rare as time goes on. I would imagine we are going to start seeing a lot more new ones. Guess thats the price of Homebrewing

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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The place I used to buy them from raised the price $7 as well....I tried getting from a few other places and they were sold out. I was able to find them at Kegconnection, but it does seem like they are getting harder to find....(or more costly at a minimum)

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:25 PM   #6
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I wonder if homebrewers will just start buying 1/6th barrel Sanke kegs once all the used kegs dry up.

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I wonder if homebrewers will just start buying 1/6th barrel Sanke kegs once all the used kegs dry up.
Picked up 4 of them yesterday (intend to ferment/age in them)... I do plan on checking to see what it would take to use them for actual kegging too... Although I suspect it will be more involved than using regular ball lock kegs. Since I'll be getting the hardware to use ball lock kegs when I'm ready for kegging, I'd rather not have two sets of hardware.
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You would use them for kegging just like a corny keg, there is just no hatch in the lid but if you are fermenting in them you must have already figured out a way to clean them. Only problem is that if you want to fill under pressure there is a one-way valve in the sankey taps. There are instructions online for how to defeat that.

The cornies do tend to get a little more rare and expensive over time but I think predictions that they will all be gone soon are a bit premature. That said, I have 30ish so not really my problem anymore.

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Sometimes they have a deal of (4) for $115 or something like that:
http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=1

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Damn! Last summer I brewed for a wedding and bought 5 ball locks from a guy for a hundred bucks. I couldn't imagine paying $125 for a brand new one. I hope 9 cornies total is enough to hold me off.

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