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Old 09-16-2008, 06:19 AM   #11
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Kegs are on Craigslist all the time. Search for "keg shell". Find a local auto mechanic shop and ask them if they will do the welding for you.

I'm planning my system upgrade.. I'm thinking keggle HLT on my existing turkey fryer burner. I have a 15' pre-chiller that will go in the keggle, a temp controller to run the March pump and I can recirculate the wort from my Coleman Xtreme 70 mash tun through the coil and back through a (not built yet) sparge manifold. Boil kettle will be the Blichmann bling-bling BoilerMaker 20 .. the one place I can see spending that kind of money is in the kettle. One pump $120, plate chiller $100, keggle $80 (most of that will be the valve and welding), Banjo burner $100, Blichmann Boilermaker kettle $400, tubing and fittings $100. Total cost around $1000 for a fully capable HERMS system with whirlpool chiller. I don't see the point in sinking a lot of $$ into the mash tun and HLT...?

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Old 09-17-2008, 03:22 AM   #12
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I just emailed three people on criagslist for their empty kegs. I hope they still have them. What brand of false bottoms fit into a keg?

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Old 09-17-2008, 06:06 AM   #13
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I have an AG system already but want to upgrade so i dont have to lift and stuff and is more space convientent. I can't find any keggles in my area unless i buy one from ebay fro $110 :/
I was in your situation this spring, spent about $400 gross including pump and now I'm doing 10 gl without lifting. I know it looks a bit odd:





My main needs were:
1.10 gallon batches
2. No lifting.
3. Open up space in my garage. ( 3'x18" footprint)
4. No welding. (Didn't want to spend the winter learning to weld instead of brewing).

I was already doing all grain so I had the coolers. Bought the keg shells on craigslist ($40), the portable shelving from costco.com ($70), the burners ($120) and pump ($120) from my LHBS.

After I sold my old burner and 30qt boil pot in addition to a few extra keggles I made, my net cost was less than $150 for the upgrade.

It's a thought, hope it helps.
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I just emailed three people on criagslist for their empty kegs. I hope they still have them. What brand of false bottoms fit into a keg?
What about a pick up tube and scrubbies?
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