IT IS STOLEN. THAT KEG IS NEVER YOURS. THATS WHY IT IS A DEPOSIT.
Ok all you fellow homebrewers that use illegal kegs for brewing. I do it to, but I cleared it up with my local microbrewery to get decommissioned kegs and now I am legal. One 15.5 gal sanke keg stainless steel brand new costs a brewery over $150 to purchase due to reduced manufacturers in the US and the metal prices, etc.
The keg is the property of the brewery no matter when. When it is at the liquor store, it is still the breweries. When you are drinking off of it, it is still the breweries. You do not BUY the keg, you only RENT the keg. You buy the beer. So you get off really lucky when the brewery isn't able to charge the $120 on your credit card when you already paid $30 when you decide not to bring it back to the liquor store you got it from.
Think about it people. I live right down the street from New Belgium Brewery where they have hundreds of kegs a month become decommissioned due to pressure flaws and external damage. They charge $15 for the old kegs. There you go. 15 gal boil kettle for $15.
The more kegs you steal, the more the deposits and cost of kegs will rise.
Keg: Baller's Brew Cream Ale, Irish Red Eye
Bottled: Cherry Bretta Braggot blended with Boone Geuze
2ndary: Belgian Dubbel
Primary: Chamomile Wheat
Next: Mo's Beer IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Black Currant Porter