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Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |27 Nov 2015|, 17:56
by Patrickivan
I don't know if I messed up or not, but someone was selling keg- a spartanburg challenger VI 5 gallon. So I bought it. $40.

The posts are opposite each other (and are the snap/ ball lock type), and there's a little pressure? release valve in the centre I think.

The fellow says it was used as an air tank reservoir. Judging by the look and smell inside, I'd believe him.

Soooo... Did I mess up or did I get a decent buy? It's really clean inside. The outside is in very good condition- just dirty from sitting around.

If I'm good to go, I need to clean this inside and out.

I'll need new gaskets I assume?

I'll need new new ball locks (though the ones they came with look intact- may just need to be cleaned)?

In and out lines?

Dispenser?

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |27 Nov 2015|, 18:20
by bellybuster
Challenger is a great keg and $40 is a great price. Clean with hot oxyclean, dismantle everything. Keep rings together with the parts they came from. Rinse with very hot water.
Great deal, here's a decent kegging tutorial. You will very quickly find out that 1 is not enough. I have 10 and wish I had 12
http://beersmith.com/kegging/

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |27 Nov 2015|, 19:23
by Patrickivan
Excellent to hear. I'll get on that. And ordered the basic cobra tap kit and a set of orings from OBK.

I am very excited. Got 2 weeks until kegging day!

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |28 Nov 2015|, 06:07
by bellybuster
put your car keys away until the novelty wears off, probably about 100 batches later.

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |02 Dec 2015|, 08:46
by Patrickivan
I believe it... Just got my tap kit. Need to pick up my co2 tank from Praxair soon. It's the same price as OBK (wish I hadn't missed their sale on the 5lb tanks) but I don't have to pay for shipping. It's 30 minutes from me, so it makes sense. I'm already scouting around for another keg and I haven't even cleaned the one I just got!

I'm still a week and a couple of days from kegging, so I have time.

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |02 Dec 2015|, 16:14
by bellybuster
Check out TSC store for CO2. About $200 for a 20 pound tank then less than $50 for exchange after that. No worries about hydrostatic tests etc. Very good value

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |04 Dec 2015|, 19:51
by Patrickivan
I wanted a big tank. I really did. But I just got a 5lb one from Camcarb. $124 all in with co2. Refills are $18. Camcarb is on my way home from work. I'm happy with it. AND will be happier when I get my mini-fridge to to put it all in my office!

And man, does everyone else here find store bought beer to be horrendously bland if you have one right after having a home brew? I've never been one for the generic crap anyway. I like my german beers and IPAs, but man, so bland after having a home brew!

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |07 Dec 2015|, 11:14
by Patrickivan
Lol. OMG. Just got an email back from one of the many places I inquired about in my area. Here it is. From Linde.

'Hi We do sell food grade CO2 food grade 5lb pt #P100106.The cyl cost is $150.00 and the fill cost is $43.05 Our hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday'

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |07 Dec 2015|, 11:57
by brhenrio
Patrickivan wrote:
And man, does everyone else here find store bought beer to be horrendously bland if you have one right after having a home brew? I've never been one for the generic crap anyway. I like my german beers and IPAs, but man, so bland after having a home brew!

One of my favourites before starting to drink home brew and craft beer used to be Rickard red. Now I can barely get a pint down as I pick up all the off flavours. I can barely drink any bmc beers either, just find them bland.

Re: Spartanburg Challenger VI

Posted: |07 Dec 2015|, 13:31
by bellybuster
Patrickivan wrote:Lol. OMG. Just got an email back from one of the many places I inquired about in my area. Here it is. From Linde.

'Hi We do sell food grade CO2 food grade 5lb pt #P100106.The cyl cost is $150.00 and the fill cost is $43.05 Our hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday'

funny thing is that is pretty standard, the price you got from Camcarb is extraordinary. I gotta look that place up for my 5lbs spare cylinder