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dfernholz

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Post Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:04 pm

Used Keg Procurement

Hi All,

My Name is Derek, I am currently an extract / partial mash brewer and am looking to set up my all-grain setup. I have it all planned out and I thought I would get the hardest part out of the way first.

I am looking for used / decommissioned / damaged / whathaveyou 1/2 bbl (15.5 gal) kegs (3 to be exact) to convert into my HLT, MLT, and brew kettle. I have called homebrew stores, which led me to liquor stores, which led me to the distributors, which led me to the breweries themselves, and to no avail. I'm looking for any and all information on the subject of procuring kegs (legitimately) and any help is greatly appreciated! Is this a worthwhile search?

Thank you all in advance for your time.

Anything in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area is greatly encouraged!
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Shadetree

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Post Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:13 pm

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Glucan

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Post Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:45 pm

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You could try probrewer.com classified, they tend to have that sort of thing. Ebay also of course, but you never know what the kegs were really used for. Also try nabs (just google "nabs brewing".
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Deadeye

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Post Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:28 pm

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Everyone will say be ethical but I say to hell with it; get some full ones have a big party then keep the kegs. I was thinking about doing that but my neighbor had two that she couldn't return cause the the tags were ripped off. I got them from her and I'm still working on them.
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jayoun

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Post Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:52 pm

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I got a few that were left over from a party. A few drunken college football players decided it would be a good idea to see who could hurl them over the power lines :shock: needless to say the skirts got pretty bent up and the distributor refused them... so I ended up with them.
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A National Acrobat

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Post Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:37 am

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I got mine from a party, also. Is it ethical? Probably not, BUT You are charged a deposit for a reason even though it may not cover the cost of a new one (that is debatable on cost to manufacture vs. the number of times it is used).

You have to decide how you feel about it.

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P-J

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Post Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:40 am

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The CHI Company Sold out at the moment - sign up to be notified.
Sabco - a division of Kegs.Com
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Baratone Brewer

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Post Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:31 am

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I got mine for free on Craigslist. A couple had purchased a foreclosed home and they were in the garage, they had tried to turn them in and tried to take them to the recycler, both turned them down. But, I was glad to take them off their hands!
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dfernholz

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Post Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:58 am

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Wow, thanks for all the input guys! I'll let you know what I end up finding and where, at least for posterity's sake.
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Post Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:59 am

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"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind."
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onthekeg

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:15 am

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check with these two places for stainless steel scrap.
Kirschbaum-Krupp Metal Recycling - www.kirschbaumkrupp.com
1728 North 2nd Street, Minneapolis - (612) 521-9212
1 review, directions, and more »


Klein's Scrap Iron Inc - maps.google.com
8524 West 25th Street, Minneapolis - (952) 545-4655
1 review, directions, and more »
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