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Old 06-15-2007, 01:18 PM   #1
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i am new to kegging, but a guy around the area has 40 kegs for sale. 20 bucks a piece I am going to pick up a couple because I know I want to get into kegging sometime.
My question is what is the difference in corny kegs, isnt there like ball lock ones and pin lock ones or something like that?

Is there one better than the other or is it just a preference thing?
Any other info on cornies would be appreciated

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Old 06-15-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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$20 for UN-reconditioned kegs is too much.

I got 25 kegs for $12 each. It'll take you another $16 EACH to recondition with new parts.

I would negotiate for a lower price.

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Old 06-15-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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Yes, there are ball lock and pin lock. Ball lock are a bit more readily available. Pin lock can be a little more difficult to use due to the pins, granted I only have ball lock (and just got them) so I'm going off what I've heard from others. When you buy your cornies just try to get all the same kind so you don't need multiple hook ups.

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It'll take you another $16 EACH to recondition with new parts.
Other than the ~$3.00 in O-rings what would need to be replaced, that is if the posts and lid are fine.
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Other than the ~$3.00 in O-rings what would need to be replaced, that is if the posts and lid are fine.
I replaced the o-rings (3.95), poppets (5.00), and pressure relief valves (9.95)...OK, about $19. more each keg.

That's 300 for the kegs, 80 for the gas and 475 just to recondition...that's $855, then there's the tanks (100), regulators (120), fridge (180), tower (105), taps (95).

So, I've spent about $1455.00 just to convert to kegs from bottles. I haven't given up on bottles. I still have 23 cases of 0,5 liter ones
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I replaced the o-rings (3.95), poppets (5.00), and pressure relief valves (9.95)...OK, about $19. more each keg.

That's 300 for the kegs, 80 for the gas and 475 just to recondition...that's $855, then there's the tanks (100), regulators (120), fridge (180), tower (105), taps (95).

So, I've spent about $1455.00 just to convert to kegs from bottles. I haven't given up on bottles. I still have 23 cases of 0,5 liter ones
Wow - I've been lucky so far. None of the kegs I have needed new poppits or pressure relief valves. That's $14.95 a keg right there - ouch.
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Wow - I've been lucky so far. None of the kegs I have needed new poppits or pressure relief valves. That's $14.95 a keg right there - ouch.
I probably didn't NEED them either, but I did a complete overhaul.
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I replaced the o-rings (3.95), poppets (5.00), and pressure relief valves (9.95)...OK, about $19. more each keg.

That's 300 for the kegs, 80 for the gas and 475 just to recondition...that's $855, then there's the tanks (100), regulators (120), fridge (180), tower (105), taps (95).

So, I've spent about $1455.00 just to convert to kegs from bottles. I haven't given up on bottles. I still have 23 cases of 0,5 liter ones
I hope you know, you'll need a bigger fridge than you can buy for 180 to handle 40 kegs. Also, at $40/tap, that's another $1600. Wow, you're well over 3 grand

But, the good news, is you have 40 kegs on tap.
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you should get your O-Rings from McMaster Carr....

http://homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=29633
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Other than the ~$3.00 in O-rings what would need to be replaced, that is if the posts and lid are fine.
You have the advantage of seeing and inspecting the kegs and maybe getting the pick of the litter...that's good.

Do you know if he has them pressurized?

I've never spent more than the $1.95 for a large O-ring on my un-reconditioned kegs. I've never had poppets be an issue...nor the relief valve. I get the small o-rings for the posts and dip tubes at Lowe's.

These are not computer components you're buying. Stainless steel containers with some very basic fittings.

One word...how ever many you think you want to buy??? Double it. Trust me on this one.
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