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Old 11-22-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Is the price difference worth it? I'm looking at a $155 keg + regulator kit from homebrewstuff on Amazon vs a $220 keg + regulator kit new from Northern Brewer. I've got no experience with kegging aside from the tap a draft systems, so any help you can provide would be great.


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Old 11-22-2011, 08:54 PM   #2
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Personally I don't think its worth the extra cost for a new keg. With new gaskets, the only difference between a new keg and a used one is how shiny it is. They spend their lives locked in a fridge, so I figure why drop the extra beans for a pretty one.


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Old 11-22-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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I guess my concern is that I'll get a really beat up keg since this is via web order, one that may have problems keeping a seal.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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What Cambone said.

If the keg is reconditioned, it will have been pressure tested. You'll be fine.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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2 of my 10 kegs were purchased new. I got the new ones for about $75 apiece on eBay when I first started brewing. In my opinion the new kegs look better and the fit and finish is much better. The parts fit together better, seal better, etc. There's no messing around with them required at all to get them to seal.

With the used kegs I feel the various parts need to be mucked with before they seal properly. When I pull a gas line off a used keg, for example, the poppet will continue to release gas until I fiddle with it or give it a whack with a wrench. I often have to re-seat the lid a couple of times before the keg seals. The used kegs do work well but sometimes they require a little convincing before they behave properly.

I'd love to have all new kegs but for me the price difference between used vs. new isn't worth it. I don't mind fiddling with the older kegs to get them to work and I don't care if my kegs look like they've been in a car crash. However, if the price of used kegs goes up or I find a good deal on new kegs, I'd pop on the new kegs any day.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:49 AM   #6
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My third used keg from Northern Brewer is on it's way to my place as I type. I usually like to have everything brand new and am usually willing to pay extra for it but $40 for a used one compared to $120 for a new one that sits in a fridge was hard for me to pass up.

The first one was in great condition, just not super shiny (there are tutorials for making used kegs shiny). The second one had a dented handle but the rest looked fine. I replaced the seals on both which was pretty easy after soaking them in hot water. Both have held pressure great. I will now have three used kegs for the price of one new one, I'm pretty happy with that.
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I have been hoping for someone to try these out a give a review.
Kegco KEG-5GAL 5 Gallon Ball Lock Home Brew Strap Keg - Brand New | BeverageFactory.com
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:24 PM   #8
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I have been hoping for someone to try these out a give a review.
Kegco KEG-5GAL 5 Gallon Ball Lock Home Brew Strap Keg - Brand New | BeverageFactory.com
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f138/keg...ck-keg-269666/
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Brek81 Thanks, good info.
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brek81 thanks, good info.
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