Originally Posted by CrazyGnome07
Dang, that article was mostly depressing! And that update at the bottom? A bit doomsayer-ish to me. Are corny kegs really going to disappear? Are ball lock kegs so impossible to find? My local brewing store usually has 5 or 6 against the window for only $45..
He said that in 12-24 months the supply would be gone, but he also said that was known since 2009, and its now about 2013, is that an old article? Did something change? Should I be stockpiling kegs?
I wouldn't get too worried, there are still a lot of kegs out there, but one fact is certain. There is a finite number of used kegs, and as the home brewing community grows, the availability will suffer. However there are a lot of pin locks, as well as new kegs, although these are a bit costly. I have talked to Tom, the guy who wrote that article, and although he is in the business, and wants to sell his stock, he is a solid guy and knows his sh*t. His kegs are clean and functional. Ive got a half dozen of his kegs and no complaints.
I don't think its panic time yet, but if you plan to buy kegs, the price is only going to go up. How soon and how much is anybody's guess. As the price rises, the demand will become more selective, so there will be some stabilization. If your going to buy them anyway, I would consider those $45 Home Brew store kegs a fair deal. Make sure they hold pressure and have a set of replacement o rings handy.