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Sail (198.109.160.147)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 04:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have decided a 3 gallon keg will work great for the space I have (yes, I know they are more $$$)

Any recommendations on where to get the best deal? Any one have one to sell? Of course being the good consumer that I am I want to pay nearly nothing. St. Pats has them for $35+shipping. Is that a good deal?

Thanks!

Sail
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

St. Pat's price is not a bargain but it's probably the going rate. Three gallon corny kegs are hard to find. I waited two years before finding someone who was getting out of homebrewing. I paid $15 each for three (wish he'd had more); they were nearly new and in excellent condition. The demand for used kegs in both the 3 and 10 gallon sizes far exceeds the supply.
 

Tom Gardner (162.119.240.100)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 06:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sometimes rcbequip.com has them for $30-35 including new O-rings. Tom
 

Steve Anderson (216.37.68.121)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 07:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bev-Con International had a truckload of used 3 gallon kegs a couple of monthes ago. I don't know if they still have them or what their shipping policy is. They are not reconditioned, so you will need new seals. 901-476-8005. NAYY.
 

Emmett (208.40.153.139)
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ebay usually has a good crop of them. That's where I got mine. Even scored a one gallon there.
 

Beerboy (81.134.123.170)
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 02:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just bought some in England from the Hamstead Brewing Centre in Birmingham. I've never seen them in this country before. They were £25 each which I thought was very reasonable. They were in perfect condition.

I'm thinking of getting a couple more.
 

Sail (198.109.160.147)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 08:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just to follow up... I got 2- 3 gallon kegs for about $25 each from Bev-Con International. They came under pressure and in great shape.

Thanks for the suggestion. The seals even seem like they are in good shape. I guess I lucked out.

I would recommend them to anyone! Thanks Chuck!
 

Nick Zeigler (69.22.213.215)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 01:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1 & 3 gallon kegs? Don't these almost preclude the usefulness and cost of kegging?
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.110.64)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nick; These smaller kegs are perfect for taking a bit o brew along with you somewhere. I would love to have some.
 

Kurt Schweter (4.40.137.222)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 09:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

3 gallons ones work great -
1 with Margaritas, 1 with homebrew -
ready for my 2 tap system and Jimmy on Sat.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 06:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Three gallon kegs are handy for refrigerator serving if you don't have a dedicated beer fridge. Use two for a typical batch of beer. They also work well for serving beer at small parties (use an adapter for a CO2 cartridge) and they save the trouble of filling growlers or plastic soda bottles. The main drawback of the small corny kegs is their limited availability and high price compared to the 5 gallon size.
 

PalerThanAle (24.223.211.140)
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 09:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"1 with Margaritas" that is just dangerous!


PTA
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 09:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I agree with PTA. The last thing my liver needs are margaritas on tap!
 

Sail (198.109.160.147)
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For those concerned about why to bother with 3 gal kegs.

First, One keg fits in my mini fridge
Second, I can bottle part & Keg the rest
Third, I can make a slightly larger batch and fill 2 kegs at once.

And finally, my wife would worry if she saw me making 15 gallon batches ;)
 

Hornbrau (130.76.96.14)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FYI

Just oredered 4 of the 3 gallon kegs from BCI. $25 each and there charging me $5 for shipping. The guy I talked to, Bob Allen, said the have about 2000 of the 3 gallon kegs. Toll free phone # 800-284-9410. Very nice people and they also have 5 gallon kegs for $15. I'll follow up with a condition report when they get here. NAYY
 

Chris Smedley (67.85.187.13)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can someone post the dimensions of the three gallon kegs? Are they universally sized?
 

Chris Smedley (67.85.187.13)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can someone post the dimensions of the three gallon kegs? Are they universally sized?
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 08:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mine are 8.5 inches in diameter (the same as 5 gallon cornys) and 17 inches high.
 

Hornbrau (130.76.96.14)
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 01:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris

All the ones I have seen, are as Bill states, the same diameter as the 5 gallon kegs just shorter. I'll let you know about these when I get them.
 

Donnie Howard (64.63.208.99)
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 02:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are the kegs from BevCon Int ball lock or pin lock?
 

Steve Anderson (205.188.208.73)
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 03:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I got ball lock, 3 and 5 gallon. I don't know if they have pin lock or not.
 

Hornbrau (130.76.96.14)
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The ones I ordered were ball lock. I didn't ask about pin lock either.
 

Donnie Howard (65.164.3.3)
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 01:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great, I may order one since they are ball lock. I don't want to have to buy new qd's for one keg, so ball lock is great.

Steve, were they both in good shape?
 

Hornbrau (24.217.208.203)
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 02:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Got my kegs today. Four kegs total, 3 newer Sparten kegs from Cornelius, one is an older Spartenburg keg. Of the three Cornelius kegs, two of them are in excellent condition and one of them is in good condition. The older Spartenburg keg is in fair condition. All four of them hold pressure and look like they had been cleaned to go back into service. All things considered I'm very satisfied with both price and condition of the kegs.
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.113.150)
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 02:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

maybe I should forget the pump and pick up some o these babies
 

Steve Anderson (64.12.97.9)
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 02:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Donnie,
My kegs were all in good shape. I walked in and actually picked them out myself. BevCon is about 30 minutes from downtown Memphis.
 

PaulK (68.32.217.196)
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bev Con sounds like a real reputable company!
http://www.oig.dot.gov/item_details.php?item=804
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 07:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ouch....


Walt
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Hornbrau (24.217.208.203)
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 12:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well four 3 gallon kegs in pretty good condition for $105 including shipping, sounds good to me!
 

Hornbrau (130.76.32.145)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 05:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Made use of one of my new kegs this weekend. Was attending a party yesterday and knowing that there would be only a couple others drinking some of my brew, I decided a 3 gallon corny would be enough. So I transfered about half a keg of O'fest into my 3 gallon and off I went. Well I now have a new traveling companion! Coupled with my 5# Co2 tank and my small jockey box it worked like a champ. The only downfall was that I hung around a little too long so I could kill the keg and paid for it this morning. Oh well, I've had worse mornings and that O'fest was definitly worth the pain. :)
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 06:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cool Hornbrau!
Now all ya need is one of those little co2 injector thingies, so you dont have to drag the 5# around..;>

Walt
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Belly Buster Bob (142.177.80.215)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just called Bev Con today, they are pricing shipping out for me. It was either the 3 gallon kegs or a pump. I've decided on the kegs. I have a 12 volt cooler that will make an excellent travel kegerator. I'll post pics if I get it together. Once again my wife feels I'm troubled
 

Steve Anderson (216.37.68.121)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 08:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gee, I finally feel I contributed something worthwhile to this board. I think I'll have a beer or two to celebrate.
 

Hornbrau (130.76.32.145)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve, you are the man!
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A 3 gallon keg sits very nicely in almost any plastic bucket you have around the house. Use a tap attached directly to the beer-out fitting and a CO2 cartridge fitting for the gas-in post, and you have about as nice a portable dispensing system as you can find. Merely stop off for a small bag of ice and you can keep the beer cold throughout the party for an entire afternoon or night.
 

Hornbrau (24.217.208.203)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, I tried out my 3 gallon in a 5 gallon rubermaid cooler but it was just a tad to tall. I was thinking of picking up a 10 gallon cooler and drilling holes for the gas in and beer out lines. I figure if I do it right I can use it as a 10 gallon mash tun and have it double as a portable keg cooler. A 6.5 gallon plastic bucket will work for short durations or on cool days but for those hot summer days an insulated unit would be nice.
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

HB, take a look at http://www.morebeer.com/detail.php3?pid=KEG910
 

Hornbrau (24.217.208.203)
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not bad but I'm sure I could build one for a alot less, not to mention the fun I would have doing it (see weldless fitings thread) and this says it's for 2.5 gallon kegs. I do like the wheels though, have to see where I can dig one of those up.
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.94.190)
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 12:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bev Con got back to me and it will be $125 US for 3 kegs shipped to Nova Scotia. That's a bit high I think. Guess I'll think again, that's $42 each after shipping not worth it for me, too bad. No loss, I'll go the pump route instead

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