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chicagobrew 04-07-2010 08:14 PM

Pubkeg plastic kegs?
I was checking out the website for the Craft Brewer's Convention happening this week in Chicago and I saw an ad for the Rehrig pubkeg (www.pubkeg.com). Anyone ever seen one of these? This looks pretty interesting.

Basically, it's a disposable, fully recyclable 5.25gallon keg. Right now it comes with either a sanke or euro hookup, but it looks like they're just getting off the ground. I'll bet they'll end up making this is all different sizes and configurations if it works.

Anyone have thoughts or experience?


mosquitocontrol 04-07-2010 08:17 PM

Of course just what we need. More disposable products. Just seems like a waste.

jezter6 04-07-2010 08:20 PM

Interesting idea...

As for homebrew uses, I'm betting that until the corny's really dry up, that the initial price of these will be no better than we already get with what we have. That and the fact that it's plastic and meant to be pretty disposable seems to be a negative factor as well. We all know how bad it can be scratching a plastic bucket or better bottle -- do we really want a keg with the same short term viability?

Strongbad52 10-13-2012 11:34 AM

I recently came into 2 of these from a local growler place. After taking them apart, these will easily be re-usable. It is basically a 5 gallon tap-a-draft with a sanke connection. By the way, to get the sanke top off use a strap wrench like the ones you use to change the oil filter on your car.

kaboom133 12-16-2012 10:41 PM

When you say use a strap wrench, do you mean it unscrews?

br1dge 12-16-2012 11:12 PM

They are very nice vessels, I have a bunch of of them. They are completely reusable, I just wish they had corny type posts.

Strongbad52 12-16-2012 11:16 PM

Yep, they just screw right off without too much effort. You just have be careful when you reassemble them - they have a very thin oring that seals the top and you have to make sure you don't pinch it.

tektonjp 12-16-2012 11:46 PM

From their site:
Can I get just one for my homebrew?
We’d love to send you just one or two PubKegs, but we don’t want to mislead you. Here at PubKeg, we have created what we feel is the best one-way keg out there. That being said, because it is a one-way keg, it probably isn’t the best fit for your home brew. Because it is made of recyclable plastic, we recommend that the internal parts be replaced after each use. We don’t want to discourage your interest in the PubKeg, humble home brewers, but we do feel that there are better options out there for you. Once your beer gets famous and you are shipping it all over the world to be enjoyed, come back and find us. We might just be the perfect fit for you then!

Read: These will probably be just fine for you home brewers, but if we said that, you'd be snatching them!

kaboom133 12-17-2012 12:27 AM

The bar I work at is giving them to me when they kick. I thought I was going to have to fill it from another keg, it's so nice that I can just unscrew it.

As far as the not using them for homebrewing, I use quite a few things in my homebrew ventures that are not ever meant to be used for brewing with no problems, I can't wait to give these a try.

mattd2 12-17-2012 12:56 AM

Not to discourage but before using look into the explosion risk associated with these plastic kegs. Red Hook brewery had a fatality when a plastic keg exploded, which has caused a lot of people in the industry to take a closer look into these.

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