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Title: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: gymrat on February 18, 2013, 07:53:53 PM
I really like this thing. The opening is big enough to put my entire arm in so I can get in and scrub by hand. The bottom is dome shaped and the tube meets the middle of the dome so that if i want to prime with sugar instead of charging with C02, any sediment that forms will fall off the sides and I will be drawing from clean beer. Ralph likes it too and that is important  :D

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Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: denny on February 18, 2013, 07:56:27 PM
Wow, nice!  Glad Ralph likes it, too!
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: jaredwharton on February 18, 2013, 08:06:32 PM
How much? I don't see them on the site.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: tcanova on February 18, 2013, 08:42:50 PM
http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/home_brew/kegs/KEG-5GAL-NSH_ball_lock_keg.html

Looks to be $99.95
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: Jimmy K on February 18, 2013, 08:46:19 PM
http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/home_brew/kegs/KEG-5GAL-NSH_ball_lock_keg.html (http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/home_brew/kegs/KEG-5GAL-NSH_ball_lock_keg.html)

Looks to be $99.95
Gee, that's close to making the hastle of used kegs pointless.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: Joe Sr. on February 19, 2013, 02:59:25 PM
I have two of the 2.5 gallon kegs of this style.  The price was right, and they work just great.

Apropo of another thread where I learned that pin locks have thicker gauge steel, these kegs seem to be thinner gauge than standard cornies.  So they could damage easily.  I'm not typically chucking them around though.

I found that the dip tubes in mine were a little shorter than I liked, particularly with the domed bottom (though it is nice to not always pick up the yeast).  It seemed like a fair amount of beer to lose in a small keg.

So far, I've had them in use for at least a year.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: gymrat on February 19, 2013, 03:15:27 PM
Yeah the domed bottom is a trade off. On the one hand I can prime my kegs with sugar and set them aside, then not suck up sediment when pouring, but on the other hand I will forfeit a pint or two of beer. I suppose I could pour that into a glass at cleaning time :)
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: beersk on February 21, 2013, 05:05:25 PM
I think I'm going to pick up a the 2 pack deal here pretty soon. These look nice!
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: Kit B on February 22, 2013, 06:04:39 PM
You mention that you can get your entire arm into the keg...
Are the lids an odd size?
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 22, 2013, 07:59:42 PM
i have 3 of these and like them much better than the other 2 i have that are taller. being shorter it fits nicely in my keggerator, allowing me to get 3 of them inside with a regulator.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: beersk on February 24, 2013, 02:28:17 AM
You mention that you can get your entire arm into the keg...
Are the lids an odd size?

From what I understand they do have a bigger opening. So regular corny lids won't fit.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: gymrat on February 24, 2013, 06:20:15 AM
The opening is much larger than my other kegs. In those kegs I can't get my arm in past my wrist. On this one there is plenty of room to reach all the way in. This is the arm that fits in there.

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Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: beersk on March 27, 2013, 06:03:27 PM
Any insight on using these to ferment in? Would there be enough room at the bottom for the yeast cake in a 3 gallon batch? I've been thinking about moving to kegs to ferment in, but the ONLY thing holding me back is the possibility of clogging when I'm trying to push out the yeast to close-transfer the beer to the serving keg.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: Joe Sr. on March 27, 2013, 07:38:20 PM
I think there might be.  On the ones I have the dip tube stops short above the dome in the middle, so you have a decent amount of space for the yeast cake to settle out.  I've never measured how much liquid would fit there, though.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: beersk on March 27, 2013, 07:49:00 PM
I'm going to try and ferment in a corny this weekend, see what happens. If it clogs, then I'll siphon it out and think about how to fix it. Many seem to swear by doing this. The Joe Klinck video doesn't say anything about messing with the dip tube.  Perhaps taking care to keep hops out of the fermentor would be a good idea. Otherwise, why wouldn't yeast push out?
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: majorvices on March 27, 2013, 08:43:15 PM
Back "in the day" I used to pick up used corny's for $11 a pop. You can imagine I have quite a few. But that one is certainly very shiny.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: jklinck on April 07, 2013, 10:23:08 AM
I'm going to try and ferment in a corny this weekend, see what happens. If it clogs, then I'll siphon it out and think about how to fix it. Many seem to swear by doing this. The Joe Klinck video doesn't say anything about messing with the dip tube.  Perhaps taking care to keep hops out of the fermentor would be a good idea. Otherwise, why wouldn't yeast push out?

I was loaded when I made that video, so I left a few things out. Some really clumpy yeast strains like WLP 007 will be more difficult to get the beer out but if you turn the pressure up a little it will clear. Otherwise most yeast strains you won't have an issue with. You need to keep hops out of the keg when fermenting otherwise they will clog it up and nothing will get out. I use a hop bag (paint straining bag) in the boil kettle and use those small hop bags for dry hopping.
Title: Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
Post by: beersk on April 08, 2013, 12:59:50 PM
Haha, nice! "Ah hell, let's make a video!"  It's a rather informative video.  I ferment mostly with US-05 or the Weihenstephan yeast and did use a hop bag in the boil (with more hops to make up for loss of utilization).  Excited to see how this turns out. I brew 3 gallon batches anyway, so a keg is just about right for me. Now I just need more kegs as I only have 3...
Thanks for responding.