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Bill Aimonetti (148.177.1.212)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Inspired by Zymergy "buck a pound brewery" I went ot my local scrap yard yesterday. What a gold mine, He has stacks of corny kegs in 1, 3, 5, & 10 gallon sizes all for 84 cents a pound. Tons of swagelok and tri clover fittings and valves for the same price. Does anyone know what 1,3 or 10 gallon corny kegs go for? They are ball lock and in really nice shape. I know that 5 gallon sizes are a dime a dozen but the odd sizes are pretty cool. I was wondering if there is a market, ebay maybe?
 

PalerThanAle (12.20.113.30)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 05:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll have to see them to put a price on them, Send them to me and I'll give you a ball part figure....
1 gallon? I've heard of 2.5, 3 , 5 and 10.

The odd sizes can range from $25 - $99 each.

I'll take a 10 gallon one!!

PTA
 

Hornbrau (130.76.96.19)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd be interested in a couple 3 gallon kegs if they were in decent shape (just needing cleaned and new gaskets) I know RCB sells them for about $30.
 

Bill Pierce (208.57.122.28)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 06:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Grab all the 3 gallon and 10 gallon kegs you can get. They are rather rare. You can turn a very nice profit selling the ones you don't use yourself.
 

Ed Jones (15.228.0.5)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This probably doesn't help much, but I pay $0.50 per pound for SS in the scrap yard in Columbus Ohio.

Ed
 

Steven Beshuk (65.24.102.84)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 07:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ed, I live in Gahanna. What scrap yard are you referring to? I've done a little scrounging at Joyce, got my sankes there but remember the price being more like $.70?
 

Tacoma Brewers (131.191.30.87)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone know of a good scrap yard in the greater Seattle area I could check out? (Closer to Tacoma, the better)
 

Ed Jones (15.228.0.5)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steven, I go to the scrap yards on Joyce Ave too. Either they've raised the price since I was there last (last summer) or I just got lucky. But I always bring my last receipt with me just in case they want to charge me more than $0.50/lb. I play one scrap yard against the other too, like the frugal homebrewer I am :-)

Ed
 

Dan Schultz (209.63.111.76)
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was thinking that a one gallon Corny would be great for a hop back. Just cut the dip tube a bit and put a Sure Screen over the end. Seal the lid and open the kettle valve and there wouldn't be any need to match input to output.
 

Victor J. Roehm III (209.57.121.54)
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 10:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ed, have you noticed if the Joyce Ave. salvage has any corny kegs? Might be cheaper than the place I've been getting mine.
 

Ed Jones (156.153.255.134)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Victor, I haven't been there recently but the ones I remember were all pin-lock (coke kegs) and were pretty beat up. I just suck it up and buy my reconditioned corny kegs from Doug at Vinbrew. It might be worth checking though to see what they have now.

Ed
 

Steven Beshuk (65.24.102.84)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For Columbus brewers, you can also get used corneys at Multi-flow on W. Broad. I got 5 for $50 this week, but their prices fluctuate, they've charged me $12 in the past. They have many left, but will be getting rid of all of them this spring. The cleaning is a pain (old Mountain Dew syrup!) but not prohibitively so, in my opinion.
 

Midwest Brewer (194.205.123.10)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 05:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the obsession on this board with cutting diptubes? I dryhop in kegs all the time with screens over the end of the diptube and have never cut a single one of them. It is unneccessary if your screen is designed well.

MWB
 

Hornbrau (130.76.96.19)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 05:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, alls yous guys keep your hands off my diptube, kapeesh!
 

ELK (66.219.192.12)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

MB, can you teel us more about your diptube screen...It was the SS screen wasn't it...There is not much clearance under my diptubes so I dont see how this would work...
 

Gary L. Gardner Sr.,P.E. (65.66.220.30)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 09:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do any of you know of a good place in the Houston, Texas area for obtaining these kegs and other items?
 

Midwest Brewer (194.205.123.10)
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 09:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ELK - I use the stainless braid from a water supply line. Cut the fittings off (or if you're lucky like I am you can buy it by the foot w/o fittings), pull the tubing sleeve out, and cut a 3-4" section of it. You fold one end over a couple of times w/a small fold (maybe 1/4"), and hammer it a couple of times. Boil to sanitize, and then put it over the end of the diptube. It'll be a snug fit but I've never had a problem with them in either ball lock or pinlock kegs.

MWB
 

Jack Corrozi (172.171.208.43)
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 06:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does anyone know how to find a salvage yard?? I check the phone book and there's nothing. Junk yards for cars, but no salvage. (I'm in northern Delaware) Thanks if any of yous guys can help.
 

Bill Pierce (12.249.104.53)
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 07:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Look for scrap metal dealers, Jack.
 

Ed Jones (24.208.137.200)
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 02:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or metal recycling.

Ed
 

Frank Marsh (64.12.97.9)
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 07:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is why I love this board, I stopped @ my local scrap yard this morning and scored a 3 gal. ball lock keg(nice shape) and I grabbed a couple 2.5 gal. that were missing parts. I'm sure there are more to be had, but a lot of stuff is covered with snow and was just to hard to get to.(I had to dig for them myself)I'm glad this thread was started!

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