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Old 02-22-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have any lines on CHEAP soda/corny kegs?

So I have been brewing for about 7 months and I decided that I would jump into the kegging game as of yesterday. I picked up a pretty sweet deal from my LHBS with 2 ball-locks and a Taprite Dual regulator and a 10 lb tank for a pretty good price. But to me, the $55-$60 price tag on additional ball locks seems pretty steep. I know they were much more affordable and plentiful about 2-3 years ago, when my buddy was able to get them at $8-20 a piece.

Now, I am a realist, so I know that there is no way I'll get them that cheap, but what can I do to get them for $20-30 a keg?

Any help is much appreicated!!!

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That seems to be close to the going rate. Beverage Elements (online) as some cheaper (I think about $43) but when you add shipping you get closer to $60. I picked up two the other day from craigslist for $45 a piece. You can also watch the For Sale forum here on HBT.

Some folks buy from a guy in FL through ebay at a cheaper rate, but then again, shipping gets ya. I think that's McEvers, but don't hold me to it.

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Now, I am a realist, so I know that there is no way I'll get them that cheap, but what can I do to get them for $20-30 a keg?

Any help is much appreicated!!!
Check out Craigslist 24/7 and pray that someone is selling some with absolutely no idea what they are worth.

$50 is what I consider a good price right now....and don't think that they are going to be available for less any time soon. I bought some used from AHB for $45 a couple weeks ago.

Otherwise...pray my friend...pray for a miracle.
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I'm in the same boat. Subscribed to see if anyone has some hot leads on cheap kegs...

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There likely won't ever be any more kegs for cheap, in general. They're not being produced any longer. Fixed supply, coupled with high demand = ever increasing prices.

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Yep, I've recently come to terms with the fact that there is no longer a good supply of cheap kegs. 2 years ago, I bought 5 kegs from a guy on craigslist for $25 each and I wish today that I had've bought 10 or more. I've been looking all over, creeping on craigslist, looking at online stores and ebay. Finally, I've decided to just bite the bullet and buy a few from my LHBS which is selling them for $70. It's a few bucks more than I would pay if I really scrounged online (after shipping), but I will be able to go through and select the kegs I want.

You will occasionally find them on craigslist for a good price. They are really in demand though and I've found that they are usually gone within an hour or two of being posted.

Best of luck to you. If you find a deal, stock up!

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It's getting harder and harder to justify buying used cornys when you can get new ones for around 100 bucks if you catch them during a sale.

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It's getting harder and harder to justify buying used cornys when you can get new ones for around 100 bucks if you catch them during a sale.
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It's getting harder and harder to justify buying used cornys when you can get new ones for around 100 bucks if you catch them during a sale.
Guess I'm more frugal then...cause I would rather save $40 and put some elbow grease into making a used keg viable again, and then taking said $40 and putting it towards ingredients to fill them used kegs.

But that's just how I look at it....
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Guess I'm more frugal then...cause I would rather save $40 and put some elbow grease into making a used keg viable again, and then taking said $40 and putting it towards ingredients to fill them used kegs.

But that's just how I look at it....
As banged up as some of my used cornies are (some of the posts are pretty banged up, a handful are a real PITA to seal and others have handles that are in pretty rough shape), I wouldn't mind spending the extra money to avoid the headaches. Considering I'm going to have them forever, I have no issues spending the extra cash up front.
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