So last week this happened:

Three kegs getting hauled home!

Three kegs getting hauled home!

I spent an evening scrubbing – the kegs were reasonably clean inside, but the outside was a bit of a mess. PBW and an Ocello scrubbing pad were the tools of choice there.  I then proceeded to learn a few things, some of these will make it to a poster in my basement:

  • The black-handled keg has a different diptube
  • 3 pins = liquid
  • 2 pins = gas
  • The Pin Lock Socket is worth the exorbitant price tag
  • Keg lube is pretty important. It may not be totally required, but protect your O-rings!
  • Corny Keg in Cincinnati gets a five star review.  The prices are inexpensive compared to a lot of what I’ve seen out there.
  • Before putting a beer in one of these, it’s probably best to test these babies!


I did a fairly simple test – water!  After cleaning everything, I put about a gallon of water in each of the kegs, sealed, and pressurized to about 12PSI.  I wasn’t really trying to make carbonated water (else I would have let it go for several more days), but just wanted to make sure the kegs held pressure.  I did not leave the kegs hooked to gas during this.  I checked each of three or four evenings to ensure the kegs had enough pressure to dispense the water.  After the three or four evenings, I rewashed everything.  They’re ready for the Vienna Lager, which is not ready yet.