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Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

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Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Tatt2d » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:53 pm

Found a guy online thats got a couple kegs for sale but he doesn't know if they're aluminum or stainless.

I'm doing the deal over the phone and the only way that I knew was to see if he could take a knife to it and "gouge" it or peel it. I assummed the stainless was tougher and wouldn't leave a scar. I dont know of any another way he can tell if its aluminum or stainless.

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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby jdonly1 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:59 pm

Maybe take a magnet??
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby dixiedrifter » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:07 pm

Bud kegs should be stainless.

An empty stainless keg should weigh pretty close to 30lbs.

Anything significantly lighter is aluminum.
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Tatt2d » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:20 pm

When I first asked him if it was a SS keg he didn't think so cause 1) he thought they were all aluminum 2) He says it was pretty light. Whether thats less than 30 lbs or not...???

It is a Bud keg so think I'm going to take a trip this Frideay to take a looksey myself.

I thought both metals weren't magnetic? Could be wrong...


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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Ugly » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:24 pm

first instinct is correct, stick with it. All L series stainless are somewhat magnetic.
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Rebel_Yell » Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:16 pm

The edges that get work hardened from being rolled upon them are rather magnetic on stainless kegs. This is the top and bottom edges. Aluminum will never get this way...

I would not trust a ,word of mouth, gouge test from someone that does not know what the keg is made from already.

I have never witnessed an aluminum keg in the US that was made for refilling from a major brewer.
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Ugly » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:28 am

now that I've let the effects of the brandy ebb over night...

I've only ever bought Euro kegs that were aluminum
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby BW Redneck » Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:34 pm

Some stainless is magnetic, some is weakly magnetic, and some isn't magnetic at all. On mine, a strong magnet will skid down the side, but won't stick. If it were AL, it wouldn't slide at all, it would just have dropped straight to the floor.
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby xx7777xx » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:35 pm

Rebel_Yell wrote:I have never witnessed an aluminum keg in the US that was made for refilling from a major brewer.


As Rebel said, if its a keg from a major brewer that you can be pretty sure its SS.

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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Tatt2d » Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:56 am

:!: SCORE ! ! :!:

I decided I better check it out myself and good thing ! Picked up 2 SS Budweiser kegs last nite.
It was the comment about most Bud kegs being stainless that pushed me into taking a look for myself (thanks dixiedrifter,and x7x).
I took a magnet and a file with me. The magnet would lightly stick to the rolled edges (thanks jdonly1,ugly,BW and rebel).
I also read onlline that if you ran a file on aluminum you would see some of the shaving in the file but SS was too tuff to do that.

Anyways guys, thanks for giving me a heads up on what to look for. :beer:
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby Rebel_Yell » Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:01 pm

:mg:
I have bought a few aluminum kegs myself. They were advertised as such. All were stainless.
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby jdonly1 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:40 pm

Good score buddy :8)
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Re: Stainless or Aluminum Kegs ? ?

Postby pintoshine » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:10 pm

Great Job of investigation.
Some kegs are extremely easy to tell the difference.
This was on the bottom of my Miller Keg. Very definitive.
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