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Old 04-16-2008, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Where to buy sanke kegs???

Ok, let me preface this by saying, it'll be a good while before I can even think of spending the money on kegging equipment.

That said, is there anywhere that you can buy small quantities of new or used, but still servicable, 15.5gal 1/2bbl kegs? Specifically being NOT a commercial entity.

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Old 04-16-2008, 11:40 PM   #2
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This is a hot button topic that's inevitably going to start a flame war on keg buying ethics. So my answer is going to be call a local brewery and see if they have any retired kegs they're willing to sell. I'll bet that they do.

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Old 04-17-2008, 12:17 AM   #3
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Generally, and I'm making a small assumption here (yes, I know the definition of assume, I don't need reminded...), retired kegs are retired for a reason... When I am looking, I would be looking for serviceable kegs as well, hence why I would be looking for somewhere to buy NEW as well as retired kegs...

The question is more of, is there somewhere that will sell NEW 1/2bbl kegs to someone that is NOT running a business?

I am not looking to buy questionably acquired kegs. I'm fully well aware there are many not so terribly ethical ways to procure them, and I'm not interested.

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Old 04-17-2008, 05:15 AM   #4
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CHI sells them.

I assume theirs are legitimate.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:59 PM   #5
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to revive a dead topic...
i called anheuser busch here in columbus and asked about this. they said talk to their distributor. the distributor said that they don't sell them, but suggested to just buy a full keg and not return it for the deposit! i told him that it's illegal though. he said he wouldnt worry about it, there are thousands of them floating around and that is equated into the profit equation. get that! also, the big breweries apparently recycle theirs if there's a problem. no retiring them, it's fix or recycle for materials to be reused.

thought that was interesting.

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The guy at BevMo told me the same thing. Pay the deposit and don't return it. He didn't care, because he pays the same amount for the keg to begin with...

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Didn't we just go over this in another thread? The OP is specifically asking for advice that is NOT "just forfeit the deposit on a rented keg." We've covered it time and time again. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Just because some guy at BevMo or a BMC distributor recommended the practice doesn't make it right.

NO MORE SUGGESTIONS TO FORFEIT THE DEPOSIT ON A KEG. PERIOD.

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Old 11-24-2010, 06:23 AM   #8
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I buy them on Craigslist. Why do people sell them on CL? Because they can't return them. The retailers and distributors won't take them back! Many places put a time limit on how long you can have a deposit keg out before they consider it yours. Other places also put the stipulation that you must have your receipt to get your deposit back. No receipt, no deposit returned.

Most of the kegs floating around on Craigslist and other places are because the people who obtained them (legally) are not allowed to get their deposit back. I readily buy these "guilt free".

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go to tcw at http://www.tcw-web.com/ then search for kegs to get you here http://www.tcw-web.com/Showcase/ShowcaseKegs.htm

they can even put tri-clovers on them for you, pretty nice

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Here's another place for brand new ones: http://www.geemacher.com/

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