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Richard Shaffer
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Username: Mr_baseball

Post Number: 111
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 05:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Fallas,

Where is the best place to purchase some BL kegs? Richard
 

Jim Keaveney
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Username: Jimkeaveney

Post Number: 690
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Personally, I recommed plunking down $30 for rebuilt, reconditioned kegs from Sabco:

http://www.kegs.com/balllocks.html

others will steer you towards cheaper, used kegs that they are happy with or fix up themselves.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 410
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 06:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought most of mine from:
http://rcbequip.com/productCat0.ivnu
 

Mike A.
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Username: Mike_a

Post Number: 82
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 07:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've had good expreience buying from Adventures in Homebrewing (NAYY) for $21 each with new o-rings and poppets.

http://www.homebrewing.org/product.asp?itemid=80

They also have good customer service. One of the new poppets they sent had the o-ring upside down and wouldn't seal well in the post (strange thing to happen, I know). Called them and sent me another one no problem.
 

George Schmidt
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Username: Gschmidt

Post Number: 535
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 07:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I second Jim with the Sabco recommendation. I've got some crappy kegs from other sources that I can only use for lagering. The sabco ones are on sale right now, too.
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ~~Robert A. Heinlein: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
 

John K. Lee
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Username: Newoldrunk

Post Number: 552
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 08:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just bought some from this guy. I got some good reviews on him from some other satisfied buyers. I bought 12 for $150 incl freight but we all know you normally get what you pay for, right? I'm prepared to have to at least replace the o-rings. I'm hoping I don't have anymore problems than that. I talked with him a little on the phone a couple weeks ago and he "seemed" like a pretty upstanding guy. He's supposed to ship them out this week sometime. I'll report back when I get them and let y'all know If they're worth not spending the extra $$$ on recons.
-J.K.L.

http://www.bdequipment.com/The%20Keg%20King/
 

Hedgie Bartol
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Username: Hedgieb

Post Number: 93
Registered: 04-2004
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 01:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I must say that ebrew.com has the best of anything that I have come across... best knowledge too! No, I do not work for them, just buy from them!

Tell Jessie I said hello!

Hedgie
 

Brian Crain
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Username: Bcrain

Post Number: 6
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 04:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just order a few kegs from Adventures in homebrewing
http://www.homebrewing.org/product.asp?itemid=80

They arrived in fairly good shape and quikly, but I think I might consider Jim's advice and go with www.kegs.com. Their kegs are currently on sale so you would only be spending a few dollars more each. While it appears they (keg.com) have higher quality kegs. Happy kegging!
 

davidw
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Username: Davidw

Post Number: 1183
Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sabco (kegs.com) is nothing but quality, period.
 

Jim Keaveney
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Username: Jimkeaveney

Post Number: 691
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 02:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i'm up to about 25-27 kegs now but i keep the ones i got from sabco and the ones i bought new seperate from the rest and only use the others (obtained from some of the other sites mentioned here) when i need to and after thorough testing. some of them are marked out of commission and i could fix them up if i ever get around to it, but i'd rather brew (and drink).

btw: nayy, just a satisfied customer
 

Miker
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Username: Miker

Post Number: 214
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We bought 4 used from Adventures about a month or so ago for $13 each. No problems. I think I may have replaced an o-ring or 2, but certainly nothing major. Good service as well.
 

davidw
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Username: Davidw

Post Number: 1191
Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

John,

Curious if you have received the kegs from 'The Keg King' and if so, how was the condition?
 

John K. Lee
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Username: Newoldrunk

Post Number: 556
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 04:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They showed up yesterday. Busy day, I only had time to open the tops of the boxes and peak inside. Some are really dirty but I really don't anything more that that right now. Let me go home tonight and clean them up, check them out & I'll report back.
-J.K.L.
 

Jim Keaveney
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Username: Jimkeaveney

Post Number: 697
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

a lot of the cheap ones i bought "seemed" to be holding pressure when they arrived, but slowly the beer started oozing out. that is always fun!
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 3316
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just to be the naysayer...I own nine used 5-gallon kegs that all work fine, plus I own one 3-gallon keg that I bought new from Sabco this year...the Sabco keg is by far the biggest PITA to keg the oval lid to seat properly...everytime I use it, I have to screw around with keg lube and whacking it with 30 psi before I can get the lid to seal...the used kegs I never have that problem, after the first time of adding keg lube I can hit them with 10 psi and they seal fine...why the new keg is that way, I have no idea.
 

John K. Lee
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Username: Newoldrunk

Post Number: 557
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 01:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Knowing, you get what you pay for, I'd have to give Sean Dettlaff(aka, The Keg King) a "B+". I'd have given him an "A+" if I hadn't recieved one keg with a bent lid lip,One with some glue around the "in" fitting(don't know what that's all about yet?) and one with a top rubber that's "somewhat" coming off the keg.

It breaks down like this:

-9 Cornies
-3 Firestone

-5 As good as Recons
-4 Dirty and Needing some scrubbing
-1 Super Dirty but salvageable
-1 like it was rolled in the mud
-1 Needing taken to the body shop

-8 holding pressure upon delivery

-7 holding pressure at 12psi
-1 leaky lid o-ring
-1 leaky "in" poppet
-2 leaky pressure relief valves
-1 with a up lid lip not holding

-Over all I'm pretty satisfied. Some new O-rings, valves and a poppet and I'll have 11 new kegs. I'm hoping Mr. Dettlaff will do the right thing and replace the bent one...If not I might be able to salvage it with a pair of pliers but I'd rather have it replaced. While I'm at it I might as well ask him if he'll replace the other two also.

For $150.00 including the freight, I'd say I got pretty good deal.

-12 Kegs...............$150.00
-O-rings kits..........$30.00
-Poppets and valves....$15.00
-Spending the money I saved on not buying recons on 60 of gallons of beer...."almost"Priceless
-J.K.L.
 

Jim Keaveney
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Username: Jimkeaveney

Post Number: 698
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 04:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

opening your chest freezer and seeing a puddle of your favorite imperial stout oozing out of the post and staining your crappy keg and freezer floor....priceless.

nah, sounds like you did a pretty thorough job of testing everything. just dont be surprised if what holds pressure today does not hold pressure several months from now.
 

Skotrat
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Username: Skotrat

Post Number: 777
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 04:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hmmm

Cornie Kegs???

I have a few laying around...

In Your Dreams

-Scott
 

John K. Lee
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Username: Newoldrunk

Post Number: 558
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 04:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ouch!
I know it'll happen, Jim. The gas leakage that is...Hopefully not the other. Happens to even the best of them eventually.

Thanks for the photo Skot...I'm glad to see your not the bragging type..Curious, How long did it take you to acquire all those? and how many do you have in your barn(approx)?
-J.K.L.
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 37
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2005 - 01:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skotrat, looks like there's enough room to pitch a tent there, I'll be over, and I'll bring my own glass.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 783
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2005 - 02:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skot - I'd like that one with the black rubber at the bottom of that pyramid on the left, please.
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 253
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2005 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skot - Keg Futures?
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston