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Old 09-19-2009, 02:33 AM   #1
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Yeah, so where can i find these used stainless kegs that I see on here? I called the beverage distributors around my local area and they all said that the kegs have to go back to the brewer.

 
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:37 AM   #2
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Call a local brewer if you have any. They often sell kegs that are going out of service. That's a legit way.

 
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:39 AM   #3
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Well I don't have a brewery any closer that 55 miles from my place. what else?

 
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:46 AM   #4
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Well I don't have a brewery any closer that 55 miles from my place. what else?
then you pretty much need to go the less than savory (i.e. illegal) route. craigslist works for that.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:50 AM   #5
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Well I don't have a brewery any closer that 55 miles from my place. what else?
I'd call the brewery and ask if they (or their distributor) make any deliveries near you. And if they do, would they mind including a decommissioned keg or 3 in the next run. Probably fail, but no harm in trying. And they may be able to turn you on to another source (like, wherever their kegs go when they are decommissioned) closer to you.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:52 AM   #6
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then you pretty much need to go the less than savory (i.e. illegal) route. craigslist works for that.
So, buying a keg from craigslist is illegal?
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So, buying a keg from craigslist is illegal?
most of the people that are selling them on craigslist are people who just kept the kegs they bought to drink, and gave up the deposit (if there was one). they technically stole the keg from the brewery, and you are buying stolen property. not always, but frequently.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:58 AM   #8
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Isn't keeping something, and forfeiting the deposit, technically the same as buying it?
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Isn't keeping something, and forfeiting the deposit, technically the same as buying it?
no, the deposit is just incentive to return it. it is less than the cost of the keg. if people needed to leave a deposit of the full cost of a new keg, no one would buy kegs of beer for parties.

look at it this way, i am under 25. if i rent a car, i need to leave a deposit. depending on the state and car, i have had to leave ~500 bucks in deposit to rent a car for a few days. do I own the car? no, it is just incentive to return the car in good order.
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:02 AM   #10
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I found 3 of the real old kegs on CL. These are the ones with the "classic" keg shape (no flanges on the top or bottom) and a wooden bung. Are they any good for kettel or will the wooden bung be a major pain?

 
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