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Old 10-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #21
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I would be skeptical about the PET plastic. Typical reusable food grade containers are HDPE. PET is the plastic the you can't leave in the car or sun for too long or it will leech into the liquid. I'm fine with using HDPE buckets and other things but PET is not ok in my book. Not all plastics are the same.


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Old 10-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #22
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I would be skeptical about the PET plastic. Typical reusable food grade containers are HDPE. PET is the plastic the you can't leave in the car or sun for too long or it will leech into the liquid. I'm fine with using HDPE buckets and other things but PET is not ok in my book. Not all plastics are the same.
PET and the water bottle in the hot car is an urban legend promulgated in e-mails and on websites like this.

Even if it was true, I just don't see leaving my kegged beer in a hot car for so long that the beer itself would becomes warm.



 
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #23
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PET and the water bottle in the hot car is an urban legend promulgated in e-mails and on websites like this.

Even if it was true, I just don't see leaving my kegged beer in a hot car for so long that the beer itself would becomes warm.
There have been real studies on this. While what you're saying is true, that antimony leaching for brief storage even at heat was not enough to trip acceptable health levels, long term storage (11 months at ROOM TEMPERATURE) was enough to put it outside the safety zone. It's fact that chemicals DO leach from PET, the question is how much.

I wouldn't want to store beer in these for a long time. Here is the link backing up my statements:
Journal of Environmental Monitoring Issue 4, 2012 http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/Artic...d#!divAbstract

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:00 PM   #24
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Yep, and aluminum pots will give you Alzheimer's. There are studies, dammit!
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #25
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BTW, I apologize for my sarcasm, but I'm not too worried about these things exploding, leaching chemicals or turning into flesh eating zombies, which I assume will be the next claim.

There are plenty of things to kill me in this world that I worry about. PET bottles are not one of those things.

As I said before, I have no dog in this fight other than I think these are a good idea and an alternative to the elusive affordable corny keg.

Buy them if you want or don't because,

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Old 10-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #26
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what other fittings would you need to get up and running with this keg?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #27
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All you would need is a Sankey coupler. I have a few of them. New they run about $20 to $35 or so, but they show up on Craig's List all the time for a lot less.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:04 PM   #28
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I'm not able to get concerned about the PET bottles leaching antinomy. These types of bottles are everywhere already - must be a couple dozen different products in my kitchen alone packed in PET. I'd guess even if there is an issue the surface area to volume ratio would swing so far with these kegs as to reduce it back to non-issue. (the cited paper noted that larger fills were associated with less leaching)

As for price I just have never ever ever seen a used corny keg for $30. Usually a lot more like $65, maybe $55 if I buy 4 at a time, and new ones are more like $120+.

Exactly as the OP stated...I am just starting out. No investment in any fittings yet. I really like the idea of being able to use an off the shelf kegerator for my home-brew, or alternatively if I build a custom kegerator, I like the idea that I could easily use it to serve commercial beer (craft of BMC).

I think this idea has merit and am waiting to hear from the early adopters to see if they have problems with durability. I do really like the idea of the inner bottle being replaceable.

 
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Well we can all agree that consumer choice is a wondrous thing.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:18 PM   #30
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I'll pass on a $60 plastic bucket, stainless conies are cheaper, more durable and have a smaller footprint.


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