Whats a keg made out of???

Discussion in 'The Brothel' started by Mikeg1005, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member

    typical.. half barrel keg, PBR, old style, miller, bud...



    What are they made out of?? Stainless? or Aluminum?



    My dads uping his home brewery to a larger scale and he wants to use kegs... but they have to be stainless.



    MIke.
     
  2. Glenshadow

    Glenshadow New Member

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    Aluminum..



    Because the cost of taking an empty back for your deposit is less than taking it to an aluminum recycler and getting the current rate.



    I am sure you can get different ones though.





    However I still always thought they were made of beer.
     

  3. Glenshadow

    Glenshadow New Member

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    Actually... I just googled...



    check it: http://www.beer-brewing.com/apex/beer_chapters/ch18_kegging_beer.htm
     
  4. GregB

    GregB New Member

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    About a 141 cups of pure pleasure/stupidity. :bigthumb:
     
  5. Matty

    Matty New Member

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    Almost all are aluminum. Stainless kegs are rarer then hens teeth. I searched all over for one to build my still out of.
     
  6. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member

    What is the number one way to destigusih between aluminum and stainless?





    MIke.
     
  7. Archer

    Archer Well-Known Member

    aluminum is lighter, softer and will have a duller finish...
     
  8. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member

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    stainless??



    MIke.
     
  9. Maxthis

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  10. Archer

    Archer Well-Known Member




    Looks like aluminum to me..., take a nail and scratch it, if it's soft it's aluminum if it's hard it's stainless...
     
  11. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member




    We got about 14 kegs sitting in my buddy's basement that we have to return, and the deposits are 30 bucks a head..thats why my dad wanted to get it from him.. cuase kegs are expensive to buy otherwise... and 30 a keg isn't that bad...





    MIke.
     
  12. ram69

    ram69 Well-Known Member

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    get a magnet and see if it sticks to it.
     
  13. Robert97dodge

    Robert97dodge Well-Known Member




    Magnets done stick to stainless steel or aluminum.
     
  14. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member




    :withstupid: unfortunately....
     
  15. Tani1500

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    take ur welder out and hit it. if its normal and gets red its stainless. if it doesnt get red and its got super bright white sparks its aluminum





    or put ur grinder to the bottom of one. if it sparks its steel, if not its aluminum
     
  16. purdueagford

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    hit it with something. the aluminum will have a duller sound than a stainless one. and an aluminum one will be lighter.



    these will work if your friend has at least one stainless and aluminum one.
     
  17. purdueagford

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    p.s. if i remember correctly, an aluminum keg should be right around 30lbs empty. stainless something more than that.
     
  18. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member

    The grinder is a great point.. I'll give a shot w/ that...



    MIke.
     
  19. bdavis441

    bdavis441 New Member

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    They are stainless Mike, at least from what I have seen. But I suppose there could be aluminum ones also. I recently made a fuel tank out of a stainless Miller keg. Look to see if your keg says 304 somewhere on it. Mine says 304L on top and bottom. That is for 304 stainless. Interestingly, there are also two Firestone logos on mine . Here is a fuzzy picture.

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  20. Mikeg1005

    Mikeg1005 Well-Known Member

    Ya thats how most the ones we have look like.. I'm just gonna hit it w/ the grinder and see what happens.. I tried scratching it w/ a key and it just scratched the surface so hopefully they are stainless..



    MIke.