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Old 01-09-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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A friend of mine just gave me about 15 corny kegs. They are all the Coca-Cola? style with the pins. Are these good to use or should I look for some Pepsi style kegs? I am bottling right now, but when I get my bar built I plan on doing a kegerator with a two tap setup.

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Old 01-09-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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Coke ones are fine, they're just not as popular because there aren't as many of them. They're pin lock instead of ball lock if you need parts.

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Old 01-09-2007, 10:09 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with pin locks that 15 freebes can't cure I'm biased because I got hosed one too many times by a pin lock that didn't lock.

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Your buddy just gave you between $225-$450 worth of equipment (depending on shipping and availability) any minor increase in hardware (ball lock is less expensive) is more than offset. Congrats!

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BTW, you may buy supplies for 2 taps, but always have a plan for more JIK.

I'm betting you'll want 3 or 4 within a year.

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BTW, you may buy supplies for 2 taps, but always have a plan for more JIK.

I'm betting you'll want 3 or 4 within a year.
Yea, I'm sure I will, I haven't even tasted my first batch but am hooked on home brewing.

How do I get these old soda kegs ready for my Homebrew? Is there a thread on cleaning and rebuilding?
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Yea, I'm sure I will, I haven't even tasted my first batch but am hooked on home brewing.

How do I get these old soda kegs ready for my Homebrew? Is there a thread on cleaning and rebuilding?
Yeah, there's at least one or two that I know of. You can probably do a search for it.

If you are unsure where your kegs have been, its probably a good idea to strip them down, clean the dip tubes, replace gaskets, etc. One step works good for cleaning. Don't use bleach.

There's several primers available on the internet too if you do some searching.
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I just full reconditioned my new (used) coke style (pin lock) kegs. It is really quite easy. I even removed the dip tube and gas filler tube (very easy) to fully clean these as well. Since I had the dip tube out, I also cut about 1/4 inch off the bottom as recommended by my LHBS because the soda companies wanted to get every last bit of syrup from the keg and they did'nt have any sediment in the bottom like we do. Send me a message if you need step by step directions. Happy to help. Also, if you have'nt already, get some food grade rubber grease for the new rubber gaskets and a whole new gasket set (about $2-$3) as mine were pretty worn from sitting so long and I hear it is next to impossible to fully get rid of the soda taste. Nothing ruins beer like an off flavor of Coke or Pepsi...or so I've heard.

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