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Old 07-19-2011, 05:00 AM   #11
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I'm just starting to use kegs for dispensing my home brew. But, I've been fermenting in kegs for several batches now. LOVE fermenting in them. Not sure what I'll serve in when I setup the keezer (a way's off) but I could go either route. I have four 1/6 bbl Sanke kegs that I could dispense from IF I needed to. But for the fridge I'm using 2.5 and 3 gallon corny kegs fit really well. I can get four kegs in this way, where I would only get two 1/6 bbl kegs in otherwise.

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:46 PM   #12
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Hey guys. I am new to the sanke kegging system. can you force carbonate these kegs the same as you can a corney?

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:33 AM   #13
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Hey guys. I am new to the sanke kegging system. can you force carbonate these kegs the same as you can a corney?

Yes, carbing is exactly the same...just put it on the gas and the beer carbs, the higher the pressure the faster...cheers!
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Yes, carbing is exactly the same...just put it on the gas and the beer carbs, the higher the pressure the faster...cheers!
So are you saying that i need to just pressurize the keg and then take it off the co2 to let it carbonate with age; or do you leave it hooked up to the co2 at that pressure?
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So are you saying that i need to just pressurize the keg and then take it off the co2 to let it carbonate with age; or do you leave it hooked up to the co2 at that pressure?
You leave it on the gas feed to carbonate, just like you would a corny keg.

IME, it's easier to take apart a corny keg than a sanke keg. With the sanke, you have the retention ring holding the valve/spear in. then you can't easily take the spear apart to clean/maintain it (there's a reason why places offer that as a paid service). Each coupler you'll need for each keg on tap also costs more than the pair of QD's you use for corny kegs.

Personally, I'd rather ferment in the sanke kegs than serve out of them.
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Every sanke thread that comes up, I keep asking in hopes of finding a secret resource ... where are you guys legally getting your kegs? I know Geemacher and Gopher Kegs will sell small qty. I heard some breweries will sell you kegs from their stock, but no one in my area has taken me up on that yet. Anyone else have a source?

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Every sanke thread that comes up, I keep asking in hopes of finding a secret resource ... where are you guys legally getting your kegs? I know Geemacher and Gopher Kegs will sell small qty. I heard some breweries will sell you kegs from their stock, but no one in my area has taken me up on that yet. Anyone else have a source?
Start calling/visiting scrap yards, recycle centers, etc. I know a person that gets them from the recycle center the distributors/breweries use in this area. Supply can fluctuate as can the prices, but at least I know they're legit kegs. I have another tall pony on it's way from a recycle center. I've asked that they let me know when they get more in, so that I can get first crack at them. I've given them the sizes I desire most, so we're good there.

IF you get a good size group together, you could order a pallet load from Geemacher. You just need to get delivery to a location with a loading dock. I've looked into that before, and just couldn't get enough people together, and get a delivery location, to get it to work. I'd love to at some point though.
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Every sanke thread that comes up, I keep asking in hopes of finding a secret resource ... where are you guys legally getting your kegs? I know Geemacher and Gopher Kegs will sell small qty. I heard some breweries will sell you kegs from their stock, but no one in my area has taken me up on that yet. Anyone else have a source?
I got mine from a scrap metal depot! They had bins of them.... They just sell them for the weight of the stainless! If they don't sell they get chopped up and sold as scrap.
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Stout Tanks also sells them now......http://conical-fermenter.com/products/kegs/

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Hello I am looking at setting up my kegerator up for sanke kegs too soon and the only thing I don't fully understand is how you forced carb the kegs. Do u transfer the beer to the keg afgter cleaning and santizing then just have the gas line hooked up to the tap then connect to the keg then turn on the tank to pressureize the keg, wouldn't beer come out of the liquid side of tap?

Sorry if it sounds dumb just don't understand everything else I do. Only thing keeping me from pullingthe trigger on going with sanke vs corny. Sanke would be better for a kegerator since there's less parts and less worry of leaks unless you don't know how to use a sanke beer tap.

Also I was thinking of using mrl fitting as well for beer and gas lines to the tap instead of normal barbed tailpieces.

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