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Old 07-01-2011, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default making my first keg buy tomorrow, have questions!

Kinda sick of bottling so tomorrow, I'm picking up a corny keg from the lhbs. They have quite a few of them for $40 a pop.

First, is $40 high? From what I've seen, that seems about right.

Second, is there anything I need to watch out for when buying them? Seals / dents / whatever...

Third, when using them, I'm assuming you prep the beer the same as you would for bottling? 3/4 cup dextrose per 5 gallons?

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Old 07-01-2011, 02:50 AM   #2
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40 is ok these days for pickup. kegs are usually around 30 years old these days, so a few dents are expected, but they should hold carbonation; otherwise, the lhbs has no right to sell them. for sugar, i use 1/3 cup. it's a lot more efficient in a keg. you'll probably get answers from 2-4 oz on this question, though

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40 for a ball lock is ok, 35 if its a pin lock, also if you carb with priming sugar you will have alot more trub in the keg than if you force carb with c02, both ways work tho.

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If u are going to carb the beer that way I have heard of people cutting part of the dip tube off so as not to suck up the trub that comes from priming another option is force carbing with co2

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I'd say don't waste time trimming the tube. Just pour the first glass or two and toss it. All the sediment will be gone.

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I'd say don't waste time trimming the tube. Just pour the first glass or two and toss it. All the sediment will be gone.
+1 to pouring off the first pint or so. it's what i do
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In regards to co2 tanks, is there a 'recommended' size? How many pounds / ounces can I expect to use on a 5 gallon keg?

I have a line on a 10# tank for $40.

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A 5# is plenty, but for that price, I'd jump all over that 10. Just check the hydrotest date. Depending on where you fill, they need to be tested after either 5 years or 10 years.

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What LHBS has them for 40? I found 45 in Shawnee.

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I would like to know where as well....the only two I know in town is Shawnee and Olathe. Are you talking about Kraus in Independence?

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