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Old 12-31-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default Buying new vs used kegs?

I am putting together my keezer and at the point of ordering 2-3 kegs through kegconnection. The used ball lock kegs are $59.99 each whereas the new Italian kegs can be had for $88.95 per keg if I order them as part of a regulator kit(which I am).

Is it worth it to spend the extra $29 per keg to buy new or will I still be fine with the used kegs? I like the idea of new kegs as I assume I can expect less issues with them?

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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Save the $$ and buy the used ones. I have 9 used kegs and all work great with good care. Or use the cash you save to buy an extra used keg. Having extra kegs to keep beer in the pipeline ready to go is nice.

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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If keg is in good condition there is no difference between new and used one (except shiny look).
Just be sure to change o-rings if you choose used keg.

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I have 8 kegs all used. Generally anything that goes wrong can be fixed for less than $10...diptubes, poppits, orings, posts are all relatively cheap.

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Thanks guys.. I'll go ahead and order the used ones.. actually I'm going to order 3 used ones since it is the same price as 2 new ones.. My keezer is only going to be 5.0 cu ft so it'll only hold 2 5-gal kegs until I build a collar but having the 3rd one will be good for after I have the collar built.

Do you guys automatically replace the orings as soon as you receive the keg just to be safe?

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60 bucks for a used ball lock seems a bit steep, does that include shipping?

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:09 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.. I'll go ahead and order the used ones.. actually I'm going to order 3 used ones since it is the same price as 2 new ones.. My keezer is only going to be 5.0 cu ft so it'll only hold 2 5-gal kegs until I build a collar but having the 3rd one will be good for after I have the collar built.

Do you guys automatically replace the orings as soon as you receive the keg just to be safe?
Keg connection kegs (usually) come with new orings as well as an extra set, so you should be good to go with what you get from them
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:13 PM   #8
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I have some new (thanks honey) and some used. They all do the same thing, except I didn't have to rebuild the new ones.

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I have 6-8 used, and bought myself 4 new italian ones for xmas. 2x3 gallon and 2x5 gallon. The new ones are really, really nice. If the used ones are going to cost you 60, and the new ones are only 89 . . .. .and the money is not a huge issue - I would get the new ones. It is one thing if you are getting used ones for 30-40, and the new are over $100. With the price difference you are talking, I gotta say, I love my new kegs and am actually thinking about getting a couple more.

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:20 PM   #10
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Been using a used 5 gallon Pepsi keg for years without having had to replace the rubber yet.

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