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Old 10-09-2013, 02:47 PM   #11
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Just a little article on plastic kegs and some recent problems.

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll...S_01/121029899


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Old 10-09-2013, 03:21 PM   #12
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Clearly that story is about a totally different type of keg...

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Old 10-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #13
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Why on earth would anyone want plastic kegs when stainless steel is cheaper and infinitely more durable? That makes absolutely zero sense to me. Just because Sankey?

This could be half the price of stainless steel and I'd still skip. It's a neat idea though.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #14
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The problem is over pressurizing the commercial plastic kegs.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:35 PM   #15
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$60 for plastic vs $35 for SS corny keg. I'm taking the corny keg every time....

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:39 PM   #16
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Cornies can be pretty temperamental. I think these might be easier to use and less finicky.
Yep...the sanke D-coupler is pretty much bullet proof...I've never read, "my sanke keg leaked 5 gallons in my keezer", yet have heard quite a few tales of corny involuntary discharge.

I use Sanke kegs and like them, I will also be on the lookout for some of these plastic kegs second hand on the cheap / free if I see any at the local pubs.

These plastic kegs do look nice and light...the inner vessel is like an over sized soda bottle...likely a pound or two.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #17
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Why on earth would anyone want plastic kegs when stainless steel is cheaper and infinitely more durable? That makes absolutely zero sense to me. Just because Sankey?

This could be half the price of stainless steel and I'd still skip. It's a neat idea though.
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$60 for plastic vs $35 for SS corny keg. I'm taking the corny keg every time....
When you find those consistently priced $30 and $35 cornies that don't need $20 worth of poppets, gaskets, lids, and posts, let us know.

The days of cheap cornies is pretty much over.

This is a pretty good alternative for about the same amount of money as the average ball lock corny and about half the price of a stainless 1/6 sanke.

As more breweries go to these they will become more available and the price will most likely come down.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:03 PM   #18
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I suppose you're free to purchase whatever you like, but the fact that one of these killed someone is probably enough to keep me in stainless: http://discussions.probrewer.com/sho...ewery-Accident

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #19
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Even if it was this type of keg (and it is not)...

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll...786/-1/fosnews

OSHA concluded the brewery was at fault in the death because its equipment for emptying kegs was operating at a pressure that exceeded the maximum threshold recommended by the manufacturer of the plastic keg.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:35 PM   #20
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Looks like a decent alternative for some folks, if you can score for free from somebody like a bar owner or something getting rid of them. Don't know that I'd pay 60 new for something thats going to have an unknown life cycle. Also would worry about sanitation over time if the inner lining is plastic with scratches or whatnot from cleaning, but with cornies being ever more expensive and a pain in the posterior to find, glad somebody out there is trying to come up with new ideas.

Edit: Also, looking at how these assemble now, seems like you kind of get the worst of both ends. Not enough of an opening on that inner PET bottle to really get all the way down in there if you need to like in a corny, and they also have a notice saying that you can't use standard commercial keg cleaning equipment through the sanke connection like you would on a stainless keg. I guess if they sold the inner bottles for a cheap price and you could just toss those and replace if you needed to that would help. Again, happy to see folks trying to come up with new ideas for the industry.



 
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