Category Archives: Kegs

Adventures in Homebrewing Keg Sale – Kegs from $25.99

Adventures in Homebrewing has a keg sale going on right now.  Some great deals can be had.

Some Picks…

AIH Homebrew Keg Sale!

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5 Gallon Pin Lock Homebrew Kegs – for $33.33 + Step by Step Rebuild How-To

5 Gallon used pin lock kegs from Adventures in Homebrewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Used 5 Gallon Pin Lock Keg (Coke)

Pressure tested 5 gallon, stainless steel, cornelius style tank. These PIN LOCK tanks are guaranteed to hold pressure.

Tanks may have some syrup residue as they have only been dumped out.

  • 22-24″ Tall
  • 9″ Diameter
  • No Major Dents
  • Pressure Tested
  • Heavy Duty SS Kegs
  • No Pressure Relief Valve
  • 2 and 3 Prong Posts to Avoid Mistakes

We know some homebrewers are more picky than others, so please keep in mind that these are USED kegs. Some of these kegs are probably 30 years old. Do not expect new kegs. If you are looking for new kegs, please check out our new kegs. We try and have quality kegs available at all times. With this said, they are going to show normal wear and tear. We are not implying that our kegs are not quality…we just want to avoid any misunderstandings.


 

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg, Pin Lock Coke (Used)

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Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases

Pictured: Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock Keg via Adventures in Homebrewing

Part of Our Homebrew Tips and Tricks Series.  Check out the complete list – Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts! This is a Top Post! See: All Top Posts


A loose corny keg handle or base can be an annoyance.  If your keg is in otherwise good shape, it may make sense to repair a loose handle or base.

This technique comes via Facebook friend Jason Connect with HBF on Facebook].  Thank you Jason!

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Keg Deals Roundup – Stacking Promos = Outstanding Deals

homebrew keg dealsWe have some outstanding keg deals going on right now from two retailers.  Now is the time to pickup kegs!

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Keg Deals Roundup – New Updates to Our Curated List of the Best Deals

homebrew keg dealsWe have some outstanding keg deals going on right now from two retailers.  Now is the time to pickup kegs!

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Back In Stock, Volatile… 5 Gallon Ball Lock Cornelius Kegs – $39.99! AND Free Ship Eligible + Hands on Review & Rebuild How-To

Used five gallon ball lock Cornelius keg from MoreBeer

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

A great price on an non-rebuilt Cornelius keg. You can purchase the rebuild kit and replace the gaskets yourself (very easy job) to save some money. These Cornelius kegs could have residual soda syrup inside and will need to be cleaned. To totally rebuild the keg you should also consider a new relief valve and poppets (part number listed below). PBW works as a great cleaner for eating away sticky residual soda residue. Kegs are sold “as is”.

The body connnects on a keg are the metal posts where the quick disconnects attach too. They should be removed for cleaning and sanitizing before each use. Kegs can come with either 11/16″ body connects or 7/8″ body connects. We sell deep sockets for the removal of either one. So if you do not have these sockets at home and want to make sure you can disassemble these Cornelius kegs you may want to purchase both sockets below. Then you will always be covered as your keg collection grows.

If you want a great deal on a 4 pack of kegs, check out our KEG430A.


explanation of keg conditions

  • As of this posting, MoreBeer has these on on sale for just $39.99.
  • Considering the prospect of free shipping… this is an outstanding deal.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.
  • Food Safe Replacement O-Rings: You’ll probably need (or want) to replace the o-rings in these kegs.  I recommend food grade silicone – Food Safe Replacement Keg O-Rings via Valuebrew – More Info

Check out my Hands on Review of this keg offering AND see my step by step process for rebuilding kegs that features this offering

Used Corny Keg – Ball Lock 5 gal. KEG430

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Hands on Review: Used Ball Lock Kegs from MoreBeer + Limited Time Deal

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The keg offering that’s featured in this review is on sale for just $39.99 at MoreBeer. Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a qualifying $59 order


MoreBeer’s Ball Lock Kegs Explained

MoreBeer has a bunch of ball lock keg options both new an used.  Most of those are self explanatory, but the used offerings can be a bit confusing.


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The keg offering featured in this review is the same keg featured in our step by step keg rebuilding and reconditioning how-to.


Should I buy a New Keg or a Used Keg?

Used kegs are generally sourced from soda bottlers.  They are built with commercial use in mind and designed to last for many years of rough duty service.

Brand new ball locks may not be made to the same standards.  However… We also don’t generally put our kegs through the same abuse that a soda distributor would.

Not withstanding price.  I think both options are valid.  If you’re up for a little elbow grease and replacing a few parts, used may be the way to go, if you’re more interested in convenience brand new is a good choice.  Practically, at least as of this posting, I think price will cause many to go the used route.

Hands on Review: Used Ball Lock Kegs from MoreBeer

A look at the keg.  It looks quite good.  Dirty, stickers still on it, but overall it’s in really good condition.Top down viewCommercial ball lock kegs are usually used by Pepsi distributors.  Hey, look what we have here.  This hold Pepsi pre-mix.  Side note… Pin lock kegs are usually used by Coke Distributors.  See: Ball Lock vs Pin LockA look at the gas in post.  This has a 6 point post.  Lots more about posts and points in our Craftsman Deep Well Socket ReviewSide view of the post.  The little notches at the base are an indicator that this is a gas post.If you zoom in, you can see that this is a Spartanburg Challenger VI.  If you’re looking to get specific replacement parts for your keg, this is how you do it.  Look for the manufacturer and model imprint on the keg.  That will allow you look up the specific posts and poppets.  O-rings are the same for all standard kegs.  See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers.  Cornelius/Corny is kind of like “Kleenex”.  It is a specific manufacturer that’s name has become synonymous with the category.  When you get a Corny Keg, it could be from a number of manufacturers.  Note that this photo also shows a dent.  That’s as bad is gets on this particular keg.  If you buy a used keg, expect dings and dents.  Again… these are tough tanks, they were built for regular commercial use.You can see that the PRV has been vented.  This keg came under pressure… a lot of pressure.  It took several seconds to vent.  Kegs arriving under pressure is a great sign.  It means the keg is leak free.If you look at the top of the lid o-ring, you can see that it’s really grimy.  No surprise, this is a raw keg.  Plan on cleaning, sanitizing and replacing all orings when you buy a used/non-rebuilt keg.  See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part NumbersA look at the underside of the lidA look inside the kegAnother look inside the keg.  Hey… it’s Pepsi!  This does have residual soda in it, but looks great.

Conclusions

This keg was in great shape.  It held pressure and had only one small ding.  It does need thoroughly cleaned along with a new set of o-rings.  Obviously, used kegs are a bit hard to review.  Yours will be different.  This is a look at one example keg, MoreBeer’s cheapest option KEG430.

One great thing about kegs at MoreBeer is that they fall under MoreBeer’s $59 free shipping program.  Many shops exclude kegs from free or flat rate shipping programs.  That’s a big bonus.

Availability of these kegs varies.  Check links below for current availability, description and pricing.

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Special Thanks to MoreBeer for providing the unit used for evaluation in this review.

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.  review:b3blkeg tag:tpru

Black Friday Deal Is Still On… Used 5 Gallon Ball Lock Homebrew Kegs – $39 + free ship eligible

As part of their outstanding Black Friday Sale, Adventures in Homebrewing has used Ball Lock Kegs on sale for $39.  These kegs are also free shipping eligible.  Although we’ve seen this price before, we have not seen these kegs qualify for free shipping.   $39 is a great price when you have to pay reasonable shipping.  $39 + free shipping eligible = an outstanding deal.

Although the Black Friday Sale has ended… this particular deal is still going on.  No idea how long it will last.

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used – on sale for… $39 + free ship eligible

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Rebuilding & Reconditioning Homebrew Kegs + Related Keg Deal

how to rebuild homebrew kegs

This post will walk you through rebuilding your homebrew keg, step by step.  From de-labeling to cleaning to replacing warn out parts.

This post features a used/as is ball lock keg from MoreBeer.  For more about this specific keg see a Hands on Review that will give you a full walk-through.  This process applies nearly identically for pin lock kegs.  A section deals specifically with adjustments for pin lock kegs.


Limited Time Deal, How-To Continues Below:

This keg offering that’s featured in this how-to is on sale for just $39.99 at MoreBeer. Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a qualifying $59 order



What Does Reconditioned/Rebuilt Mean?

The short answer is probably… nothing.  I think reconditioned/rebuilt/refurbished are basically synonyms and there is no standard definition for any of these terms.

Here are the different definitions I’ve seen from different retailers via their offerings:

  • The keg is untouched, but is in okay shape and holds pressure.  In this case, reconditioned means… the keg works.
  • The keg has had been tested and had faulty parts replaced.  In this case, reconditioned means, we did the minimum to get the keg working.
  • All o-rings have been replaced and any faulty parts have been replaced.  In this case, reconditioned means… reconditioned.
  • All o-rings have been replaced and any faulty parts have been replaced and the keg has been cleaned.  In this case reconditioned means reconditioned and cleaned.

Examples of Keg Conditions from MoreBeer

The takeaway is that it’s important to read descriptions when it comes to reconditioned/rebuilt/refurbished kegs.  The post walks through a complete rebuild process.

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Top Content of 2020… What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

We’re recapping our Top Content from 2020 based on traffic.  This is our #2 most visited resource post for the year! Stay tuned for more spotlights, followed by a recap of the top content for the entire year.


Ball Lock Kegs vs Pin Lock Kegs – What’s the Difference?

The containers we call Ball Lock and Pin Lock Kegs come from the soda industry.  Also called Cornelius Kegs, Corny Kegs and Corney Kegs, they were originally intended to store and distribute soda pre-mix.  The big soda companies decided on different style containers for their pre-mix.  Pepsi landed on the Ball Lock style while Coke uses the Pin Lock style.

Homebrewers have since re-purposed these as homebrew beer kegs.

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