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New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« on: January 17, 2012, 11:36:08 PM »
Has anyone heard anything good or bad about these new mini kegs?  I just bought two, but heard they're made in China and might not be usable... something about too much of a lead presence?  Just trying to figure it out. 

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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 08:42:12 AM »
I have not heard anything about them, though I did see them for sale and thought they looked appealing.

Williams is a reputable vendor, so I would think they have some sort of process to make sure their products are usable.

Have you followed up with them?

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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 09:16:55 AM »
where can i find some info on these?
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 09:48:07 AM »
okay, found them, little spendy though
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 09:51:55 AM »
Is this what you're talking about?

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/2-GALLON-NEW-BALL-LOCK-CORNELIUS-TYPE-KEG-P2936C109.aspx

Why would it have lead in it?  Because it's from China?  Has there been discussion about this on other boards?
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 09:53:53 AM »
okay, found them, little spendy though

Yes, but they're pretty much in line with the 3 gallon keg prices I've seen.

I bought a couple used 3 gallon kegs years ago for $70 each.  After new poppets, PRVs, etc. I could have just bought new ones.

They're handy and I like them.  But five gallon kegs are much more economical.  Even at today's prices.
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 11:39:12 AM »
okay, found them, little spendy though

Yes, but they're pretty much in line with the 3 gallon keg prices I've seen.

I bought a couple used 3 gallon kegs years ago for $70 each.  After new poppets, PRVs, etc. I could have just bought new ones.

They're handy and I like them.  But five gallon kegs are much more economical.  Even at today's prices.

Cheaper than most 2.5 and 3 gallon kegs I've seen actually, by about $20.
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 12:18:58 PM »
Was wondering where you got you information?  I did a little research on Google to see if I could find anything, didn't see anything that caught my eye.  As far as I know Williams is a reputable brew store ( I have never purchased from them).  Also the description says they are made of 304 stainless steel so I would think a good cleaning and you should be OK.

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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 03:03:23 PM »
A homebrewer friend of mine here in South Korea mentioned he heard something about these kegs possibly having an issue with lead in the welding joints or something like that after I told him I ordered a couple of them.  I don't know where he got his info and I'll have to ask him.  He's a smart guy and a Williams Brewing patron.  I'm a huge Williams Brewing fan and have had great service from them.  I got the kegs yesterday in the mail... they look fine to me, but I wouldn't know a bad weld from a hole in the ground or if there was a lead problem.  I definetely don't want to malign any Williams products, but I also want to know if there might be a problem with the kegs prior to putting my beer in them.  I also think this forum is a great knowledge resource and figured some of you guys might've heard something. 

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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 04:45:57 PM »
Could you test the welds with one of those lead paint test kits?  Just wondering...

Williams was the first place I ordered from on-line many many years ago.  Not so much anymore, but mainly due to going to the local HBS.
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 05:10:48 PM »
Calling the Wease...Hello? Hello?

 Is there anything that can be used to weld 304 that has lead in it? <He will know>.
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2012, 08:51:16 PM »
Most of commercial SS brewing tanks are made in China.
If it is 304 SS it should be food grade.
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Re: New Williams 2.5 Gallon mini kegs
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 01:48:49 PM »
Just bought a couple of these as they were reduced - factory 2nd's I guess.

I'm not concerned about lead, but I would say I don't care for the dip tubes too much.

While they do stop 1/2 inch short as advertised, the bottom of the keg has a punt, so you're leaving a lot behind particularly in such a small keg.

I will either extend the tube with a piece of hose or cut down longer tubes to be the size I want.  Not that big of a deal.

Other than that, even the "scratch and dent" seconds look pretty good.
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