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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2013, 06:59:19 AM »
I bought two corny kegs in (I think) 2010 for $30 each. I frequently think about selling them back into the market at current prices since I don't have a keg set up yet.

It's going to start getting cheap enough to find used 1/6th barrel sanke kegs and buy sanke connectors over buying corny kegs. I've seen the 1/6ths on craigslist for as little as $25. 7.5 gallon sankes sometimes float around for $20-50. Corny kegs locally are $45-60. I hear there are going to be 7.5 gallon slim kegs showing up on the market that may replace the 1/6th kegs which could push those out onto the homebrewing market.
Except the hassle of cleaning them is keeping them out of the homebrewing market, for the most part. Right?
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2013, 08:05:19 AM »
I bought two corny kegs in (I think) 2010 for $30 each. I frequently think about selling them back into the market at current prices since I don't have a keg set up yet.

It's going to start getting cheap enough to find used 1/6th barrel sanke kegs and buy sanke connectors over buying corny kegs. I've seen the 1/6ths on craigslist for as little as $25. 7.5 gallon sankes sometimes float around for $20-50. Corny kegs locally are $45-60. I hear there are going to be 7.5 gallon slim kegs showing up on the market that may replace the 1/6th kegs which could push those out onto the homebrewing market.
Except the hassle of cleaning them is keeping them out of the homebrewing market, for the most part. Right?
And I can't help but think those are not legally owned. Add to that, a sixtel is more likely stolen from a craft brewery than a BMC.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2013, 08:13:21 AM »
Agreed. But you can get them for a reasonable price at Beverage Factory, brand new.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2013, 08:20:12 AM »
Agreed. But you can get them for a reasonable price at Beverage Factory, brand new.
You're right. Damn, why are they cheaper than ball locks? Demand I guess.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
Agreed. But you can get them for a reasonable price at Beverage Factory, brand new.
You're right. Damn, why are they cheaper than ball locks? Demand I guess.
Right, if they weren't purportedly such a pain the ass to clean, I'd switch.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2013, 08:29:46 PM »
I bought two corny kegs in (I think) 2010 for $30 each. I frequently think about selling them back into the market at current prices since I don't have a keg set up yet.

It's going to start getting cheap enough to find used 1/6th barrel sanke kegs and buy sanke connectors over buying corny kegs. I've seen the 1/6ths on craigslist for as little as $25. 7.5 gallon sankes sometimes float around for $20-50. Corny kegs locally are $45-60. I hear there are going to be 7.5 gallon slim kegs showing up on the market that may replace the 1/6th kegs which could push those out onto the homebrewing market.
Except the hassle of cleaning them is keeping them out of the homebrewing market, for the most part. Right?
And I can't help but think those are not legally owned. Add to that, a sixtel is more likely stolen from a craft brewery than a BMC.
Please do not buy stolen kegs.
New 1/6 Is about $100 + shipping.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2014, 11:23:21 AM »
I returned to hobby last fall after being away from amateur brewing for the better part of eleven years.  I just wish that I had held onto some of my old gear.  While the cost of a lot of brewing gear has not increased significantly since I left the hobby, I cannot believe the prices that used soda kegs are fetching these days.   I paid $10.00 each for the soda kegs that I purchased in 1993, and they were clean soda kegs with nice rubber, no dents, and no creases.  Now, my local homebrew shop wants $60.00 each for soda kegs that look like they spent time in a war zone.  At a minimum, these kegs will need a new set of o-rings.  Most will probably need at least one new poppet to ensure leak-free operation.   

I do not know about other AHA members, but, for me, the price delta between new and used was too small to justify the hassle of refurbishing used soda kegs, which is why I went with new AEB soda kegs this time around.  I suspect that $75.00 will be the price point at which all, but the most house or student loan poor amateur brewers will choose to purchase new soda kegs.
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Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2014, 11:39:16 AM »
At the LHBS, the owner had a beautiful prototype from China. Still in negotiation on features and price. I would buy new. The welds were the best I have seen from China, and the quality was top notch. Will just have to see how it works out.
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