Originally Posted by wailingguitar
I have had my hands on tons of old kegs in the various places I have worked; Golden Gate, Hoff-Stevens and their variants, and never once saw an aluminum keg. How old was this keg you refer to and which tapping system did it use?
I think the one I had was a Hamms. How old? I have no idea. Probably 30 years old I'd guess.
I couldn't tell you what the tap system was. First thing I did after removing the rubber bung on the side was cut the lid off. I don't have any way of tapping it and only wanted it for a Kettle or HLT.
Turned out to have a very irregular bottom (probably to get all the beery goodness out of it) and very nasty. Plus it had some welds that were not very smooth and I immediately decided that trying to grind aluminum was not going to be worth the effort so I placed some scrap metal in the now opened keg and set it by the road for the poor metal scroungers.
Here is a picture of pretty much exactly what it looked like, with the side bung and everything.
Oh and it was smaller than a standard keg. Probably about half the size.