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Hard To Find – 3 Gallon Used Ball Lock Homebrew Kegs – $49.99

Used Single Handle 3 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Used, Corny-style, 3 gallon, stainless steel Ball Lock kegs. All kegs are pressure tested before being shipped. These smaller kegs are more portable and are great for taking your beer over to a friend’s house!


 

These kegs are great for splitting batches, small batch brewers, doing one-off beers from split from a 5 gallon batch… or for easily serving on the go.  Purge with CO2, fill from your tap and place in ice in a 5 gallon bucket…. whammo!

  • It’s been a long time since I’ve seen reasonably priced used 2.5 to 3 gallon kegs.  These are difficult to come by and generally cost more than larger 5 gallon kegs.
  • Looking back I can’t find a single reference on Homebrew Finds to these from AIH.
  • As of these posting these are selling for just $49.99.  That’s an outstanding deal for 3 gallon ball locks.
  • Shipping is an additional cost.  Check the product page to see if they’re still in stock and check current price.

Used Single Handle 3 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock)

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Brand New NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs – $75

From Adventures in Homebrewing:

Grab the BEST SELLING Keg in the homebrew industry. The Brand NEW AIH 5 gallon, ball lock, stainless steel, product tank. Save $44.99.

  • ISO 9001 and NSF certified.
  • Includes Double Rubber Handles (DRH) and a rubber bottom.
  • 25″ tall and 8.5″ diameter.

  • These great kegs are on sale for $75
  • 2.5 gallon kegs also ship for free to addresses in the contiguous.  Shipping is calculated on other sizes.
  • Learn More…  Hands on Review

AIH’s New Ball Lock Kegs!

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Rebuilding & Reconditioning Homebrew Kegs + Related Keg Deal

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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.


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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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Hands on Review: Used Ball Lock Kegs from MoreBeer

Limited Time Deal, Review Continues Below:

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

Ends Soon: Keg King 2½ Gallon NSF Rubber Top Ball Lock Keg – $74.99, Save $15 via William’s Brewing Winter Clearance

Keg King 2½ Gallon NSF Rubber Top Ball Lock Keg via William’s Brewing

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Our new NSF certified stainless steel 2½ gallon kegs from Keg King have two ball-lock male quick disconnect fittings that hold pressure even when not connected, allowing you to have several kegs aging while one is tapped. This keg is only 15″ tall. Rubber top and bottom make this keg extremely durable.

Smooth robotic interior welds conform to strict NSF standards. 8½” wide. Includes an exclusive interior lid hang tab for hanging hop infusers and dry hopping bags. Made in China.


 

Why these are awesome: These size kegs are great for splitting batches, small batch brewers, doing one-off beers from split from a 5 gallon batch… or for easily serving on the go.  Purge with CO2, fill from your tap and place in ice in a 5 gallon bucket…. whammo!

Keg King 2½ Gallon NSF Rubber Top Ball Lock KegWilliam’s Brewing Winter Clearance Sale!

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Home Brew Keg Roundup – New & Used, 5 and 2.5 Gallon & More!

homebrew kegsPictured: Used 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg via Adventures in Homebrewing

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.

Kegs are available in ball lock and pin lock variations in a a variety of sizes.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best available sources for homebrew kegs along with some comparisons on types of kegs, features and benefits and a list of suppliers.

In this post:

  • Used Ball Lock, 5 Gallon Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • MoreBeer’s Used Ball Lock Kegs Explained
  • Rebuilding Used Kegs
  • Tip: Single strap handle vs double rubber handle kegs
  • What’s the Difference Between Pin Lock and Ball Lock Kegs?
  • Brand New 5 Gallon Ball Lock Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • 5 Gallon Pin Lock Cornelius/Corny Style Ball Lock Kegs
  • New Pin Lock Kegs?
  • Smaller Kegs – 1.5 to 3 gallon
  • 10 and 15 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs!
  • One-Offs – Unique keg offerings or configurations
  • Keg Deals!
  • eBay – Various Offerings
  • Amazon – Various Offerings
  • Kegging Systems
  • Compare Suppliers

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5 Gallon Ball Lock Cornelius Kegs – $39.99 + Hands on Review & Rebuild How-To

Used five gallon ball lock Cornelius keg from MoreBeer

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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.


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  • 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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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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Four Used 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs from AIH – $156, $39 per Keg + Free Shipping!

deal Set of Four 5 Gallon Kegs, Ball Lock (Used)

Four pack of used 5 gallon ball lock kegs from Adventures in Homebrewing.  Each keg includes a brand new set of orings.  Kegs are pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure.

  • These are on sale for $156
  • That figures to just… $39 per keg… This is a great deal.
  • Shipping is free!  To addresses in the contiguous US.

Set of Four 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – Used

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Adventures in Homebrewing Keg Sale

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

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AIH Homebrew Keg Sale!

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