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Old 04-03-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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I found a few used kegs on craigslist, how do I know if they are legal to have or if they still belong to a brewery?



 
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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I found a few used kegs on craigslist, how do I know if they are legal to have or if they still belong to a brewery?
The ONLY true legal keg is bought from the brewery and has a receipt showing that it was in fact the keg and not the contents. Beyond that, the keg ALWAYS belongs to the brewery.

Kegs can also be bought legally from Sabco for a premium but, honestly, I do not know what legal (if at all) methods they employ to acquire their kegs.



 
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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My understanding was that the deposit more than covered a new keg, so they were if anything happy if it didn't come back. Not true?
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:40 PM   #5
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My understanding was that the deposit more than covered a new keg, so they were if anything happy if it didn't come back. Not true?
You're new around here, right?


EDIT: In a slightly more helpful vein: not true. A new keg costs far more than any deposit. This has been a major issue for breweries; particularly when the scrap value of a keg rises above the deposit, and people start to steal them or sell them for scrap rather than returing for deposit. Been discussed here ad nauseum, and you can Google "brewery keg theft" or something similar, and read away.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:40 PM   #6
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so if i buy one and take it to my brew shop to have it cut, will i get "busted?

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:45 PM   #7

Please review, this is a very touchy subject.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:46 PM   #8
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I don't completely believe the "If you don't have a receipt it automatically belongs to the brewery" stuff. So if I buy a retired keg and lose the receipt it's ownership reverts to the brewery? hmmm..

As for getting busted... probably not.

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:48 PM   #9
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Beyond that, the keg ALWAYS belongs to the brewery.
I don't think the keg belongs to the brewery if they sell the keg, to a person, a company or scrapyard.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:00 PM   #10
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