From the HBD Archive
From: Glenn Colon-Bonet <gcb@hpfigcb>
Subject: Re: Kegging
Date: 1989-11-10 20:15:12 GMT

The 5 gallon stainless steel canisters, or Cornelius kegs, can be purchased
new from a number of distributors. The Brewer's Warehouse carries 3 and 5
gallon new kegs for $63 and $65 for the "Spartan" (one-handle) model and $67
for the 5 gallon "Super Champion" (two handle plastic top, also Firestone).
The guy I talked to at the Brewer's Warehouse said they sometimes carry used
kegs for around $35, so you may want to check with them. Also, Rapids carries
the new 3 and 5 gallon Spartan models for similar or slightly lower prices.
Now as far as getting ahold of inexpensive used ones, I was able to purchase
some from a small local beverage distributor not affiliated with any of the
major companies for about $20 each. I also found used kegs from Colonel John's
in Boulder, CO for around $30. I don't know if everyone else has had the same
luck I did, but when I tried to purchase used kegs from the major soda
distributors they were not at all helpful. If you do find used kegs, its a
good idea to replace the rubber O-rings that seal the top of the keg. The old
ones tend to keep their soda flavor regardless of how hard you try to clean
them!
Good Luck!
-Glenn

P.S. By the way, Rapids sells a "portable tapper" keg refrigerator that works
great for holding 4 "spartan" cornelius kegs! They exchanged the single
tapper for a 4 head shotgun tapper and, with a little plumbing, we now have 4
homebrews on tap at all times!

Kegging Sources:
%Q RAPIDS
%A 1011 2nd Ave. S.W.
%A P.O. Box 396
%C Cedar Rapids
%I IA
%P 52406
%N 800-553-7906
%K supplies mailorder keg commercial
%X Commercial kitchen supplies including kegging equipment and pots, etc.

%Q Brewers Warehouse
%A 4250 Union Bay Pl. N.E.
%C Seatle
%I WA
%P 98105
%N (206) 527-5047
%K brew supplies mailorder
%X each catalog is $1.00
Ask for:
- Brewing Systems Catalog
- Keggin Systems Catalog
- Supplies & Equipment Catalog

%Q Colonel John Brewing Supplies and Equipment
%A 745 Pine Street
%C Boulder
%I CO
%P 80302
%N (303) 442-2789

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