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Old 10-24-2009, 05:55 AM   #191
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Hey Tom,

I hope you're not trying to stay low profile, cause I'm going to blow your cover. I just wanted to say that the Il Vicino on Central (circa 1994-1995) is one of my all time favorite restaurants.

HBHoss, take Tom up on his offer for the spreadsheet and any other advice he might offer. Then go and get the Frankenbrew video. It might still be available from the BrewCrazy podcast (Why you are there, listen to the Tom Hennessy interview). Very, Very interesting.


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Old 10-24-2009, 11:44 AM   #192
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I'd love to hear the ball-park pricing for the plastic kegs (1/6th and 1/12th). It'd be tempting to get a group-buy together for some custom "I Brewed It" engraved ones!


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Old 10-24-2009, 12:17 PM   #193
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I'd love to hear the ball-park pricing for the plastic kegs (1/6th and 1/12th). It'd be tempting to get a group-buy together for some custom "I Brewed It" engraved ones!
This is what I was quoted:

Just for your FYI, we give price breaks for every full pallet you buy of any of the keg sizes, 27 fit on a full pallet for the 1/2's; 60 for the 1/6's; 120 for the 1/12's. 1/2 barrels =$86.50;1/6 barrels = $65.50;1/12 barrels = $56 a unit.

These prices seemed on par with the prices of used stainless kegs. We still haven't decided if we'd rather have used stainless or new plastic, but leaning towards used stainless.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:50 PM   #194
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Used stainless is the way to go as long as you can find them, you also have to consider the value of stainless versus plastic. You aren't going to have homebrewers and crazy meth addicts stealing plastic kegs. I also like the idea that the plastic kegs have rfid chips in them so if you had a scanner you could easily track your kegs. Eventually if your getting big enough your more than likely going to have to buy new stuff and your going to have to stick with what you have because like I said plastic and stainless kegs don't stack together.
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It's a crap shoot though I mean as long as you get back your stainless kegs they will last for ever and more than likely the plastic ones will need to be replaced I'm assuming. You know I feel like we're hijacking Hoss's thread as the new Pro-Brewer advice thread. Maybe we need to start something new.
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Old 10-24-2009, 03:33 PM   #196
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It's a crap shoot though I mean as long as you get back your stainless kegs they will last for ever and more than likely the plastic ones will need to be replaced I'm assuming. You know I feel like we're hijacking Hoss's thread as the new Pro-Brewer advice thread. Maybe we need to start something new.
Hijack away guys, this is great information. The Nanobrewery portion of this adventure is pretty much done so now it's on to the Going Pro segment of our tour.
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Oh boy, well it's always good to think big.
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Are there any recent pictures of the nanobrewery I have missed? The last I've seen were when you finished the cold room. I'd like to see it full of kegs and maybe something boiling or mashing...
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Are there any recent pictures of the nanobrewery I have missed? The last I've seen were when you finished the cold room. I'd like to see it full of kegs and maybe something boiling or mashing...
That'll be soon. I just ordered 50 lbs of 2-Row, among other things, then it will be time to utilize the new stuff.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:47 PM   #200
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I'd have to recommend used SS sanke kegs. Big benefit in that they will pretty much keep their value over time. The plastic kegs have some fans and a few more detractors but check them out and see if you think they'll work for you. I bought a van-load from Sierra Nevada last year. (edit: van load of SS kegs...)


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