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Two Ball Lock Keg Deals

4 PACK 5 GALLON BALLOCK KEGS

#1: Pack of four used ball lock kegs for $199.99 + $59.99 shipping.  That figures to $259.98 total or right at $65 per keg shipped.  Available in the continental US.  via eBay.  Check it out – Here

New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

#2: Brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs for $75 each.  These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  In all, these are marked down about $45.  These are a great deal!  I have one.  Check out my First Looks post.

AIH New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock – $75

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Great Deal: 10 Keg Lid O-Rings

417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2" ID, 4" OD, 1/4" Width (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of Dash 417 Buna N Orings.  These are Cornelius Keg Lid O-Rings.  Compare Here

417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width (Pack of 10)

See Also: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers

Need a Keg?
Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from AIH – On Sale… $75First Looks

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First Looks: Brand New, 5 Gallon Keg from AIH – On Sale for $75

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg

Adventures in Homebrewing recently-ish introduced a brand new 5 gallon ball lock keg.  Check it out – Here.  They recently put those on sale for… $75.  That’s a stellar deal for a brand new ball lock, so I… picked one up.  These are stainless steel and in the process of being NSF Certified.  Although, this first run did not get the stamp – guessing that may be why they’re clearing these out at $75.

Ball Lock, Stainless Steel, Double Rubber Handles.  Specs say these are 25″ tall and 8.5″ in diameter.

Here’s a first look…

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewA look at the top of the keg

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewStamp on the side of the side of the keg reads… Max WP 130 PSI [900 kpa], Cap 5 US GAL [19].  Guessing WP = working pressure,

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewBottom of the keg

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg ReviewThere was a little bit of what I would call rubber residue.  Not a lot, but some.  Guessing this will wear or scrub off.  Maybe this is common for brand new kegs, I’ve never owned one before this.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfInside of the keg.  Looks great.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock Keg PartsParts and pieces.  Left side is liquid, right side is gas.  The lid oring is white.  If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a white silicone.  It doesn’t feel like Buna-N.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegLiquid drip tube

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfClose up on the gas side

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegfThe keg uses universal style poppets.

Adventures in Homebrewing Ball Lock KegClose up of the lid.

I’ve just had this keg part of today.  First Impressions are great.  I’ll say at this point, that this is the nicest 5 gallon keg I’ve owned.  At it’s current sale price of $75, I’d call it a stellar value.  Shipping is additional.  Play around with different quantities as minimum shipping charges make those costs a bit odd.  It usually doesn’t cost much more to ship a second, third or forth keg.

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out - Here

Reader Photos…

B6sz-YJIgAABwFnThanks to Twitter Follower @dseibel88 for this picture!

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10 Keg Lid O-Rings

417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2" ID, 4" OD, 1/4" Width (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of Dash 417 Buna N Orings.  These are Cornelius Keg Lid O-Rings.  Compare Here

417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width (Pack of 10)

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Reader Tip: Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Locks $75

Thanks to Twitter Follower Jesse for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Twitter - Here.  We have had these new 5 gallon ball lock kegs up in the recent past, but it’s a good reminder.  I ordered one of these myself.  It shipped a couple days ago, so I should receive it soon.New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

AIH has these brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs on sale for… $75.

These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  In all, these are marked down about $45 and are just $5.01 off Black Friday price.  These are a great deal!

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out - Here

Also: 12 Great Lakes Beers that Ship for Free

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Great Deal: Carbonator Cap… $9.99

Ball Lock Carbonator Cap

At $9.99, this is the best price I’ve seen on a Carbonator Cap.  Use to carbonate and pressurize 1L and 2L bottles for easy transport of your draft homebrew. Or use to quickly force carbonate in a 1L or 2L bottle. A ball lock gas quick disconnect fits onto this.

863259 – The Carbonater - $9.99

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Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers

You can save a bunch by buying keg o-rings in bulk.  Here are some part numbers, background and tips on keg gaskets along with some part numbers and sources for additional keg repair parts.

Ball and Pin Lock Orings and Repair Parts

Silicone vs Buna-N
Silicone is softer than Buna-N.  Silicone also remains softer at cool temperatures.  Because of this, silicone is supposed to provide a better seal.

I use use Buna-N on my liquid posts because they are cheaper and I figure a leak is going to be very evident – Beer is… visible.  I use silicone on my gas posts because they seal better.  You cannot see leaking CO2, so I want these to seal as well as possible.  This also color codes posts for easy identification.  Black o-rings are liquid and orange o-rings are gas.

A Note on Gas O-rings I am quick to replace gas o-rings.  This leak is difficult to test for.  I lost an entire CO2 tank because of a bad gas o-ring.  In bulk, these are cheap, replace them liberally.

Dip Tube O-rings
Buna-N: 109 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Black, 5/16″ ID, 1/2″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Silicone: 109 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 5/16″ ID, 1/2″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Post O-Rings
Buna-N: 111 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Black, 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100)

Silicone: 111 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD, 3/32″ Width (Pack of 100) - use silicone for pin lock kegs

Lid O-Ring
Buna-N: 417 Buna-N O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Round, Black, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width (Pack of 10)

Silicone: 417 O-Ring, Silicone, 70A Durometer, 3-1/2″ ID, 4″ OD, 1/4″ Width, Red (Pack of 5)

Internal Ball Lock Quick Disconnect O-Rings
Silicone: 013 Silicone O-Ring, 70A Durometer, Red, 7/16″ ID, 9/16″ OD, 1/16″ Width (Pack of 100)

Theses o-rings aren’t exactly the same as the standard square sided o-ring that comes in quick disconnects, but they do work well for me and this is certainly more economical than buying a whole new quick disconnect.  Here is an exact replacement for CM Becker Ball Lock Quick Disconnects.

Pin and Ball Lock
I only use ball lock kegs, but it’s my understanding that pin locks and ball locks use the same o-rings.  On the post o-rings, the silicone seems to be the best choice.  The flexibility of silicone makes them work better than the Buna-N version on pin lock kegs.

Other Keg Rebuild and Replacement Parts

McMaster Carr is also a good source for bulk o-rings.  McMaster does charge an additional shipping fee.  Their website does not show that.  It’s added on after you place your order.  To get exact shipping charges you need to call or email McMaster for a quote.

McMaster Carr Part Numbers

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