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Back In Stock… Color Coded Post O-Rings

custom color keg orings

Custom Color Keg Post O-Rings from Valuebrew:

A Valuebrew Exclusive! We commissioned the production of these custom color o-rings in the same food grade silicone we use for our other premium quality replacement o-rings. We picked the color and placed a massive order to be able to offer you these in bulk quantities at the same price as our other high quality post o-rings.

These can be used for either post. A suggestion we have is to color code your posts Blue for Beer and Green for Gas. This way you’ll immediately be able to tell which post is which. Plus your keg will look awesome!

These are sized to work with standard Ball Lock Cornelius style homebrew kegs. If you’re a Pin Lock keg user, they’ll also work. We recommend using your choice of colors (Blue or Green) on your Pin Lock keg liquid post and our Pin Lock Keg Post O-Rings on the gas post


Two color schemes are available – gray and black (to match standard QD colors) and green and blue. Mnemonic device… blue=beer, green=gas.


  • These are available in bulk quantities.  Price varies based on quantity,
  • Compare: Keg Fitting O-Rings at William’s Brewing – multiple color options at 49 cents per o-ring.   No mention of material or food grade materials.

Availability of these have been touch and go since they were introduced. Recently,  green had been sold out. As of this posting they’re back in stock and on sale.

Custom Color O-rings at Valuebrew!

Food Safe Keg O-Rings in BULK at Valuebrew

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About Food Safe Materials:

  • For whatever reason, it’s difficult to find food safe keg o-rings.  Maybe some of the o-rings that are available are food safe, but very few are actually labeled as such.
  • The fact is we’re putting beer (food) in our kegs and we should be using food safe materials whenever we can.  More Info: Food Safe Replacement Keg O-Rings
  • Finally a food safe option!  Valuebrew has a selection of silicone food grade o-rings.  They also have replacement universal poppet o-rings and internal QD o-rings, also food grade.

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Replacement Ball Lock Keg Posts – $9.99 + free prime ship

Hgkeke Keg Post for Cornelius Ball Lock Keg Stainless Steel Keg Post Set for Corny Keg Post with Poppet Spring on Keg Post 19/32-18 Female Thread Gas Post Keg Liquid Post Strong Replacement O-Rings

9/32″-18 Thread Cornelius Type Keg Posts

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

  • UNIVERSAL STANDARD SIZE & HEALTHY MATERIAL: Standard size (19/32-18) keg posts for replacement of worn-out posts on ball lock kegs that no longer seal properly. Made of 304 stainless steel for long last durability, better material for a healthy life. Perfect replacement parts for used kegs (ball lock).
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION & NO LEAKS: Solid stainless steel metal post, exquisite workmanship for durable long-time use. Threaded detachable design for easy cleaning. Ball-lock post with quality o-rings to prevent leakage on both gas and liquid posts. Please use some keg o-ring lube for longer service.
  • WHOLE SET WITH REPLACEMENT O-RINGS: 1 x gas post, 1 x liquid post in the package, right to use beer keg parts. Replace old keg posts with the new set immediately after opening the package. Comes with one more set of replacement o-rings(should replace the o-rings regularly), a long-lasting item. Enjoy your craft beer dispensing with no leaks.
  • EASY IDENTIFY GAS OR BEER POST: There is a few small cut around the bottom of the gas ball lock keg post, the liquid ball lock keg post has no marks. Please confirm they are all in the right place before connecting with other fittings.
  • MOST USED ON HOME BREW KEGS & 1 YEAR WARRANTY: These ball lock keg posts work great for Cornelius kegs, for Corny kegs with ball lock fittings, and for Ball Lock Beer Growlers. 1-year warranty for this product.

 

11/21 1:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $9.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Hgkeke Keg Post for Cornelius Ball Lock Keg Stainless Steel Keg Post Set for Corny Keg Post with Poppet Spring on Keg Post 19/32-18 Female Thread Gas Post Keg Liquid Post Strong Replacement O-Rings – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Floating Dip Tube – $14.99 + free prime ship & my explanation of how these work

Conical and All Rounder fermenter/keg Ball Float Silicone Dip Tube,304SS Ball Float and Silicone Dip Tube,draw from the Liquid at the top of the tank

Conical and All Rounder fermenter/keg Ball Float Silicone Dip Tube,304SS Ball Float and Silicone Dip Tube,draw from the Liquid at the top of the tank

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

  • For the beverage out,you’ll have a silicone dip tube with stainless steel float, allowing you to always draw from the clearest beer at the top of the tank.
  • 5/16″Silicone Dip,you can connect your faucet/sampling valve or other devices.
  • The silicone dip tube is 31″ long. It will work perfectly as is for the 55L FermZilla. For the 27L model we recommend cutting the dip tube shorter to remove unwanted slack.
  • WIDE USE,if you want draw from the Liquid at the top of the tank.
  • Made of 304SS.

 

11/20 5 AM: These are selling for just $14.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Conical and All Rounder fermenter/keg Ball Float Silicone Dip Tube,304SS Ball Float and Silicone Dip Tube,draw from the Liquid at the top of the tank – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

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Black Friday Deal on 5 Gallon Pin Lock Kegs + I crunch the numbers to find the per keg sweet spot

Pin Lock Keg (Used) - 5 gallon

Pin Lock Keg (Used) – 5 gallon via Adventures in Homebrewing

More Info

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

Pin lock kegs are 5 gallon stainless steel kegs. They utilize pins on the air and liquid posts to lock the disconnects in place. All kegs are pressure tested and work. Since they are used, the outside of a keg may have minor dings and scratches.

Pin lock kegs require pin lock disconnects. Ball lock disconnects are not compatible. Pin lock kegs do not have pressure release valves. The air post poppet can be depressed to relieve pressure.

It is a good idea to have a spare set of replacement o-rings always on hand, with some keg o-ring lubricant. Lubricating the o-rings will help to make them last longer, but eventually they will become brittle and have to be replaced.

Dimensions: 22.25″ tall x 9.25″ diameter (56.5 cm x 23.5 cm).


 

These are selling for $59.99.

Early Black Friday Sale!

20% Off at Adventures in Homebrewing! – use coupon code EARLY20

That makes these $47.99 each or $175.99 for the four pack, $44 each.  The cheapest per keg price, for me, is a total of 3 kegs. See math below.

Pin Lock Keg (Used) – 5 gallon – remember promo code EARLY20

Shipping Sweet Spot….

For these kegs, shipping is calculated based on where you live. For me the shipping sweet spot is three kegs.

  • 1 keg – $16.97, $16.97 per keg shipping
  • 2 kegs – $18.61, $9.31 per keg shipping
  • 3 kegs, $21.26, $7.09 per keg shipping
  • 4 kegs – $60.41, $15.10 per keg shipping (per keg shipping costs go up!)

What about the four pack?

Set of Four 5 Gallon Kegs, Pin Lock (Used)

Shipping costs for me, for the four pack were $61.80 or $15.45 per keg.

All in all, even though the singles costs a little more, the per keg costs are lowest when I buy 3.

  • 1 keg – $64.96 per keg including shipping
  • 2 kegs – $57.30 per keg including shipping
  • 3 kegs, $55.08 per keg including shipping
  • 4 kegs (4 x singles) – $63.09 per keg including shipping
  • 4 kegs (4 pack) – $59.45 per keg including shipping

The shipping costs included here are for me. This will vary based on location.

Pin Lock Keg Pricing Commentary…

There’s been a real reversal in used keg pricing. For example, see MoreBeer’s Pin Lock Offering.  I’m guessing this is related to availability. New pin lock kegs are not coming into the homebrewing market and we’ve finally hit an availability wall. Along those lines, this is the best deal I’m aware of for a pin lock keg. If you’re a devoted pin lock user, now is the time to pick some up.

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4 x Replacement Keg Dip Tubes – $10.99, $2.75 each + free prime ship

2 pak Stainless Steel Dip Tube Gas In and Liquid Out for Homebrew Draft Beer Cornelius Corny Keg

2 pak Stainless Steel Dip Tube Gas In and Liquid Out for Homebrew Draft Beer Cornelius Corny Keg

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

  • Replacement for gas in dip tube on homebrew kegs,and you can connect Beer hose with the barb of Liquid Out Dip Tube.
  • Made of 304SS.Tube diameter: 5/16″
  • For Homebrew Draft Beer Cornelius Corny Keg and you can make other container to a ball lock keg.
  • Stainless Steel with O-ring.
  • Package included: 4 x Dip Tube

 

Thoughts from HBF… This appears to be 2 sets of 2 dip tubes, a total of 4.  2 each liquid and gas.  The liquid dip tubes appear to be similar in size to gas dip tubes.  My guess is they are intended for floating dip tube sorts of applications.  They should also function as gas dip tubes.

8/9 1 AM Central: These are selling for just $10.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

2 pak Stainless Steel Dip Tube Gas In and Liquid Out for Homebrew Draft Beer Cornelius Corny Keg – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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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.

Pin Lock Keg Posts – from… $1.63!

pin lock keg parts

Clearance Sale

The lineup includes used pin lock keg posts from just $1.63. This is a screaming bargain.

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