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NSF Keg
« on: May 04, 2015, 08:22:17 PM »
What would the differences be between an NSF rated keg and one that isn't?

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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2015, 08:32:09 PM »
It's a third party that inspects an item to ensure it complies with applicable regulations for its use. I know AiH has(d) kegs that were from a manufacture that has since been certified, but they are moving the old stock out before new stock.

http://www.nsf.org/regulatory/regulator-nsf-certification/

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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, 09:35:24 PM »
It's a third party that inspects an item to ensure it complies with applicable regulations for its use. I know AiH has(d) kegs that were from a manufacture that has since been certified, but they are moving the old stock out before new stock.

http://www.nsf.org/regulatory/regulator-nsf-certification/

That is true.

One can start to see NSF certification on many items once you are aware of what that logo means.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, 11:20:12 PM »
I know what the rating is, I'm just curious if it's worth getting a non-NSF keg. FWIW, it's already ordered, just curious for future purchases.

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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 11:44:47 PM »
I know what the rating is, I'm just curious if it's worth getting a non-NSF keg. FWIW, it's already ordered, just curious for future purchases.
I bought 2 from AiH, and had seen the U.S. Lab analysis if the steel. No worries here. The new kegs will be the n same but with the NSF stamp.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 12:06:19 AM »
I wouldn't worry either if I trusted the source. AiH has a solid reputation and I have been more than happy with their service.

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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 04:56:25 PM »
My opinion only: I think it's more of a "feel good" for those concerned. I'm not familiar with the NSF certification but assuming the NSF certification is for use as a pressure vessel rated to X pounds. The steel and welds would be tested as such, if it's a non automated welding process, there is the possibility the person welding could have a "bad day" producing one bad keg. NSF certification cannot prevent "operator error".

However the fact that the manufacturer went through the trouble of getting it certified which includes periodic inspections/sampling, does go a long way to put my mind at ease that they are producing and want to produce a quality product. In other words it's not just some schmuck welding tanks in his garage.  ;)

Worth a few extra bucks to me, but I would not worry about it either.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 05:41:28 PM »
My opinion only: I think it's more of a "feel good" for those concerned. I'm not familiar with the NSF certification but assuming the NSF certification is for use as a pressure vessel rated to X pounds. The steel and welds would be tested as such, if it's a non automated welding process, there is the possibility the person welding could have a "bad day" producing one bad keg. NSF certification cannot prevent "operator error".

However the fact that the manufacturer went through the trouble of getting it certified which includes periodic inspections/sampling, does go a long way to put my mind at ease that they are producing and want to produce a quality product. In other words it's not just some schmuck welding tanks in his garage.  ;)

Worth a few extra bucks to me, but I would not worry about it either.

 Are the materials food safe is a big part of the NSF rating.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2015, 07:09:57 PM »
Can you trust anything from China to not be a forgery?  Since they've been caught putting toxics in toothpaste, drywall and pet treats, I'll stick with Italian, Indian, or used American tanks before I'll buy Chinese.  Just, one biggot's opinion.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2015, 11:11:07 PM »
My opinion only: I think it's more of a "feel good" for those concerned. I'm not familiar with the NSF certification but assuming the NSF certification is for use as a pressure vessel rated to X pounds. The steel and welds would be tested as such, if it's a non automated welding process, there is the possibility the person welding could have a "bad day" producing one bad keg. NSF certification cannot prevent "operator error".

However the fact that the manufacturer went through the trouble of getting it certified which includes periodic inspections/sampling, does go a long way to put my mind at ease that they are producing and want to produce a quality product. In other words it's not just some schmuck welding tanks in his garage.  ;)

Worth a few extra bucks to me, but I would not worry about it either.

What would a "bad day" welding a keg look like? Out of curiosity, does this mean you'll get leaks or something won't be sanitary?

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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2015, 12:56:26 AM »
What would a "bad day" welding a keg look like? Out of curiosity, does this mean you'll get leaks or something won't be sanitary?

I'd be more concerned with corrosion.
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Re: NSF Keg
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2015, 01:00:57 AM »

What would a "bad day" welding a keg look like? Out of curiosity, does this mean you'll get leaks or something won't be sanitary?

Poor welds could cause leaks and or failure under pressure.
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