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Kinda sick of bottling so tomorrow, I'm picking up a corny keg from the lhbs. They have quite a few of them for $40 a pop.

First, is $40 high? From what I've seen, that seems about right.

Second, is there anything I need to watch out for when buying them? Seals / dents / whatever...

Third, when using them, I'm assuming you prep the beer the same as you would for bottling? 3/4 cup dextrose per 5 gallons?

Thanks!
 

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40 is ok these days for pickup. kegs are usually around 30 years old these days, so a few dents are expected, but they should hold carbonation; otherwise, the lhbs has no right to sell them. for sugar, i use 1/3 cup. it's a lot more efficient in a keg. you'll probably get answers from 2-4 oz on this question, though
 

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40 for a ball lock is ok, 35 if its a pin lock, also if you carb with priming sugar you will have alot more trub in the keg than if you force carb with c02, both ways work tho.
 

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If u are going to carb the beer that way I have heard of people cutting part of the dip tube off so as not to suck up the trub that comes from priming another option is force carbing with co2
 

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I'd say don't waste time trimming the tube. Just pour the first glass or two and toss it. All the sediment will be gone.
 
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In regards to co2 tanks, is there a 'recommended' size? How many pounds / ounces can I expect to use on a 5 gallon keg?

I have a line on a 10# tank for $40.
 

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A 5# is plenty, but for that price, I'd jump all over that 10. Just check the hydrotest date. Depending on where you fill, they need to be tested after either 5 years or 10 years.
 

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I would like to know where as well....the only two I know in town is Shawnee and Olathe. Are you talking about Kraus in Independence?
 

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In regards to co2 tanks, is there a 'recommended' size? How many pounds / ounces can I expect to use on a 5 gallon keg?
CO2 lasts a long time. I think it's 1lb per 1/2 barrel keg (which is 15.5 gal.) So .3 lb CO2 per your keg. A 5lb bottle is fine unless it's really a pain to refill.

I have some sort of gigantic WW2 surplus thing, probably 15lb or more; I wonder if I'll ever need to refill it.
 

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How active is the homebrewing community where you live? Definitely double check with craigslist to see if you can get it cheaper.

Edit: Or check Morebeer. Their deal today is "Pin Lock Cornelius Keg - Without Gaskets Replaced (Pin Lock)" for $24.95. If you buy this, some replacement gaskets, and other things that total over $59, you could get free s/h. Also, there are converters to ball lock. You didn't specify if you needed pin lock or ball lock though, but these seem like an economical choice.
 

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fireworks instead of kegs?

30 years of beer containment vs. a couple of minutes of noise/lights & smoke.
 

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To those here in the KC area, I did find cornys in loathe at 38, might be too far for you guys up north
 
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