Ball lock kegs are becoming more and more difficult to find. Here’s a roundup of some of the best available sources for these kegs. Got a great keg find? Submit a Tip
Adventures in Homebrewing: Used 5 Gallon, Rubber HandlesAdventures in Homebrewing is one of the most reliable sources for used 5 gallon kegs. Their price of $59.99 is also one of the best out there.
O-rings and poppets are check and replaced, if needed. These are pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.
5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used – $59.99
More Beer: Refurbished 5 Gallon, Rubber Handles
Reconditioned 5 gallon ball lock kegs with rubber tops and buttons. Washed and rinsed inside and out. No soda syrup or residue is left behind. These are also pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure. These are marked down $11 per keg and ship for free.
Washed inside and out and all gaskets are replaced. Pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.
Cornelius Keg – Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock) KEG423 – $68.99 + Free Shipping
Adventures in Homebrewing: Low Profile, Ball Lock, No PRV
Low Profile Ball Lock Kegs. These are converted Pin Locks. The lids on these kegs are pin lock style, meaning they do not have a manual pressure relief valve. The do have a safety pressure relief vale. These are the same type of lids that pin lock keg users use every day. If you need to relieve gas pressure, just depress the gas post.
5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used no PRV – $49.99
Adventures in Homebrewing: Low Profile Ball Lock, with PRV
Converted Pin Lock Kegs similar to the previous offering, with the exception that the lid has a manual PRV (ball lock style). That means everything about these kegs is ball lock except the height and diameter (22-23″ tall and 9.5″ diameter)
5 Gallon Low Profile Keg Used – $59.99
Adventures in Homebrewing: Loose Handle and/or Base Ball Locks
Available on these is sporadic. When they show up, they generally sell out in short order. As the name suggests they have loose handle and/or bases. They are pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure. Comes with a PRV (pressure relief valve) lid. O-rings and poppets are replaced, as needed, to get these kegs to hold pressure. At $39.99 this is generally the cheapest price you’ll find on a ball lock keg.
See our Tips Page (#19) for a step by step on repairing loose handles and bases.
Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock keg w/PRV Lid – $39.99
eBay – Various Offerings
eBay can be a good source for used kegs. Standard eBay caveats apply. Look at seller’s feedback and total cost delivered. Also look for listings that offer eBay’s money back guarantee. Search eBay for Ball Lock Kegs. Our eBay tag may also have some recent offerings.
Your Local Homebrew Shop
I’ve heard ups on downs on this. Some local shops are expensive and some have great availability and great prices.
New Kegs. This post was originally published in 2012. Since then availability of used kegs has dwindled and new keg offerings have come down in price. Sometimes a brand new keg may be your best bet.
Adventures in Homebrewing: Brand New, NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs
Brand New 5 Gallon Gallon Ball Lock Kegs. These are… New, ISO 9001 Certified, NSF Certified, Ball Lock 5 Gallon Capacity and Have double rubber handles. Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs. Dimensions – 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter.
I own this keg and it’s great. Check out my Hands on Review. At the current sale price of $75, these are one of the best value in ball lock kegs on the market.
AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock – $75
A 2.5 Gallon Version is also available…
AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $75
MoreBeer: New, Italian Made 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg
from the Description: “We import these from Italy from long time manufacturer AEB. Attention to detail is perfect. Laser welds are perfect so it will always be easy to sanitize.” (keep reading)
Italian made kegs are generally thought to be the highest quality new kegs available. MoreBeer’s offering is the best every day value in new Italian made ball lock kegs that I’m aware of. They also ship for free.
Cornelius Keg – Brand New (5 Gallon) KEG418 – $119.99 + Free Shipping Note: These were selling for $139 back when this post was first published in October of 2012
Adventures in Homebrewing: Single Handle New, Italian Made Ball Lock Kegs
This offering is really just a point of reference for the previous keg. This has a single handle. I prefer double handles because they are easier to carry and you can invert this to drain and dry. Along those lines double handle are usually more expensive. This is on sale for $139.99.
Brand NEW 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) AEB Keg – $139.99
2.5 and 3 Gallon Kegs and smaller. These are nice for serving your homebrew on the go. Splitting 5 gallon batches for different treatments (yeast, wood and flavoring additions), for small batch kegging and for small space kegging.
Other options also pop up. Check out our 5 Most Recent Keg Finds for recent finds. Got a great keg find? Submit a Tip
Although this is a Ball Lock Roundup. I’ll also mention two pin lock options…
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