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Old 01-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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I was just online and found plastic 1/6 bbl kegs. Pretty cheap. $45ea brand new. They use the sanke fitting. It says on their website not ideal for home brewing. Any opinions. Ball locks getting hard to find.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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I saw these too. I was extremely interested. I believe they are simply trying to turn off home brewers because they are trying to establish a clientele of breweries to use these for distribution. When I was in Canada, there was a brew pub that used them and they looked like a great and IMO better alternative to traditional sankes...

People are going to try and scare you with the whole scratching issue, but I just don't see how a homebrewer is really going to damage the interior of these kegs...

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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The language on the site is a little stronger than that even... says "... our kegs are not suitable for home brewing."

Why would they be excluding home brewers? Seems like they could have a much expanded market base (in addition to breweries) if they included us. I know I'd consider buying a couple. That seems strange to me...
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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The language on the site is a little stronger than that even... says "... our kegs are not suitable for home brewing."

Why would they be excluding home brewers? Seems like they could have a much expanded market base (in addition to breweries) if they included us. I know I'd consider buying a couple. That seems strange to me...
Can't remember why, but the guy behind these was on here previously, STRONGLY recommending homebrewers to NOT get these. It's probably because of equipment (Sanke) and maintenance of a plastic vessel.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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My guess is that it's for liability reasons, given the incident with a plastic keg at Redhook last year. Probably they assume home brewers are less likely to use the recommended safety precautions (e.g., the gas supply is supposed to have a pressure release valve set to 45 psi.)

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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I read on one site something about needing special equipment to clean them. Is there any truth to that? I have no experience with sankes.
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I think the explosion story has merit... Some homebrewers might prime the keg with corn sugar and overdo it, and it could potentially explode. Especially if the kegs are rated to no more than 40-50 psi, vs a Corny that's rated 120-130psi.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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I think that's all baloney. The company probably doesn't want to deal with small scale distribution. They want breweries to purchase 100-1000 of these. Not to mention the accident everyone always quotes was during the cleaning process.

Plastic kegs have been used in Canada and Europe for more than a decade.

 
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Yeah, seems like a total excuse if you ask me... They could attach a relief valve that would pop open automatically at ~50 psi if they wanted to and it wouldn't add much cost. It would still be cheaper overall since the keg itself is so much cheaper than a traditional keg.
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Yeah, seems like a total excuse if you ask me... They could attach a relief valve that would pop open automatically at ~50 psi if they wanted to and it wouldn't add much cost. It would still be cheaper overall since the keg itself is so much cheaper than a traditional keg.
They already have them in the bottom of the kegs, set to 90psi IIRC.
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