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Old 05-07-2013, 02:40 AM   #21
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Same here as well

5 gallon rubber top and 2.5 gallon (rubber top if you had). I have to stack the kegs where I keep my spares. Price difference is close enough that it is negligible.

2.5g is needed because a 3 gallon doesn't fit on the compressor hump in my keezer.

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FYI the soda stream mix is designed for 3 gallons of water. So mixing in a 3 gallon keg is perfect.

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:05 AM   #23
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3 gallon and metal handle 5 gallons. I prefer the 3 gallon over the 2.5 for several reasons.

When I do anything small batch I do 3 gallon batches, not 2.5.

If I do split a 5 gallon batch it's generally a case of bottles and the rest in the keg and with the 3 gallon keg there's no concern of overfilling or not having enough room.

For what generally seems to be an extra 2" in height it's nice to have that extra half gallon of beer when traveling somewhere with beer.

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2.5 for me

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:05 PM   #25
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FYI the soda stream mix is designed for 3 gallons of water. So mixing in a 3 gallon keg is perfect.
Very interesting, how does the keg work in correlation with the Soda Stream? I never realized people used them with the Soda Stream. We get a lot of people that use them for soda, but they are carbonating the soda with a disconnect and CO2 regulator. I would love to hear more about this.
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Having 2 handles with the rubber top is nice for lowering them down in tight spaces, but I'm sure I could manage with a single strap as well. I don't stack kegs but on the "flip side" the rubber tops are nice for draining the kegs if necessary, you can just flip them upside down and walk away and the keg balances itself, can't do that with the single strap. Not sure if that matters to many or not.

The worst part about the rubber tops is when they start to break down and get black smears on whatever it touches. However, I'm guessing that's not really an issue with brand new kegs. Those things are straight from the factory and going to be inside and babied by us homebrewers their entire lives, quite a difference from the used kegs that are 30-40-50 years old and have been through whio-knows-what-and-where before they make their way into our homes.

In the end, I don't have much of a preference either way for the 5's, probably would go for the single strap to save a few bucks and see how I liked it overall before deciding to buy future ones with single metal or double rubber handles.

As far as 2.5 vs 3 gallons, I would probably opt for 3 simply because the price and size are almost the same, except you get an extra half gallon capacity. As someone earlier said you can get 2.5 into a 3, but not vice versa. And when you do a "half batch" you don't always end up with 2.5 gallons, sometimes it's a bit more and we hate to waste any available drops of beer. That extra half gallon gives you some leeway without really being much bigger in overall size.

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Very interesting, how does the keg work in correlation with the Soda Stream? I never realized people used them with the Soda Stream. We get a lot of people that use them for soda, but they are carbonating the soda with a disconnect and CO2 regulator. I would love to hear more about this.
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I do not use the soda stream machine. I use the bottles and mix with 3 gallon of water and carb like I do my beer. Have a separate regulator so I can serve ~13psi.
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I would prefer the 5 gallon with rubber top.

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5 Gallon keg with rubber top ($13.50 more)

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