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Old 11-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Disposable kegs - reusable?

I work at a restaurant that has a great beer selection. We go through 25-30 kegs a week. Various sizes and such. We have received a few disposable kegs. Wondering if I can reuse this keg? If not for serving, at least for aging? I can't seem to get the collar off without damaging the whole shebang, so is there a way to clean and sanitize this using the coupler?


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Old 11-13-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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What system is it? In Europe we've got Petainer system and it's preety easy to open and reuse. Instructions:
http://www.piwo.org/topic/7131-keg-p...20#entry163411

Language is polish, but photos makes it easy.


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Old 11-13-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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I forget the manufacturer, but they are calling them KeyKegs. I rigged this though. I have a small pond pump, so it's kind of a slow process. I inverted the actual container on its shell, and I'm pumping detergent water in thru the co2 line, and once it's full it will come out the beer line.
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The system you rigged will work. It's better to Pump it up through the beer line and have it run down the sides and out the gas port.

If you have a bunch I would be interested in having 4 shipped to me.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:12 PM   #5
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If this can hold more than 10 gallons I would like to get my hands on them to try building a few ideas of my own out of them. So you say they are showing up at resturants... What brands of beer are coming in them so I can scope out my local resturants for some of them?
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What's the pressure rating on these things? I'd be worried about accidentally overpressurizing it, and having an accident like what happened at Redhook earlier this year.
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I know some European brands are using these to cut back on intl shipping costs of kegs. There are larger sizes as well. This particular keg is a Cleveland brewer (I am in Columbus Ohio) ill post the manufacturer website when I get home. The one I have is listed at 60psi
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The system you rigged will work. It's better to Pump it up through the beer line and have it run down the sides and out the gas port.

If you have a bunch I would be interested in having 4 shipped to me.
I tried this, but with a sanke coupler it didn't work. Dunno if there is a trick to it.
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Does this have a standard sanke connection?
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The system you rigged will work. It's better to Pump it up through the beer line and have it run down the sides and out the gas port.

If you have a bunch I would be interested in having 4 shipped to me.
I tried this, but with a sanke coupler it didn't work. Dunno if there is a trick to it.


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