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Old 11-05-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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Saw a local listing in the paper about 15 gallon kegs for sale. Price is very reasonable but I am not how of the best way to determine if these kegs were retired properly or perhaps stolen. Any advice on what I should look for or ask about to make sure I am not buying stolen kegs? I would like to make a keggle.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:16 AM   #2
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More than likely its "stolen" the keg is probably on Craigslist and it's one that someone didn't return.

 
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I called the guy and he said he had several of them that came in an auction lot. he wanted the other items but not the kegs themselves. He said the kegs had been used in a strongman competition. The top connectors had been damaged and removed.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:33 AM   #4
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How much?

 
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He is looking for around $20-25 per keg depending on condition.
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Cheaper than scrap, I'd grab 3.

 
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I am thinking the guys story might be true but that does not mean that the previous seller didn't aquire them by less than honest means.

He also mentioned that they didn't smell that great on the inside so I am wondering how I would clean this properly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:05 AM   #8
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I don't think I would worry too much about how the previous previous owner acquired them. Just get the kegs and keep moving forward.

As for cleaning them out; you'll just have to do some good scrubbing and maybe boil them out once or twice before brewing with them. Either way they will be fine; stainless steel is tough stuff.

 
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He also mentioned that they didn't smell that great on the inside so I am wondering how I would clean this properly.
Old beer rarely smells good. Add some water, cut tops off, drain & rinse, put them on the burner, fill them with water, heat, add PBW, let sit, drain and rinse.

 
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I am thinking the guys story might be true but that does not mean that the previous seller didn't aquire them by less than honest means.

He also mentioned that they didn't smell that great on the inside so I am wondering how I would clean this properly.
You did your due dilligence and you either accept that you are buying from someone who acquired them honestly or you don't. Doesn't matter the kegs history before that point unless you know absolutely that it was stolen, then you have a decision to make.

Kegs stink, especially sith old dried beer in them for more than 3 days.

Pull the stem and cut the top for your Keggle.
Fill with water and cleaner of choice to soak for a day.
Dump water and cleaner and scrub insides with cleaner and a scrubby.
Rinse and sanitize.
Fill with water and boil for an hour or so.
Dump water and use your new keggle.

 
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