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Old 10-24-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Cut a hole in top of keg, or cut top off?

I was wondering if there is any advantage to cutting the hole in top of the keg as opposed to cutting the whole top off from the side? You would have to locate a bigger lid, and the cutting would take a little longer, but those don't seem to be big enough issues to me? Does it possibly have to do with rigidity of of the vessel side walls?

I have a keg I am about to convert, so that is why I am asking.

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Old 10-24-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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You'll also lose the built-in handles if you do that. IMO, it's worth keeping the handles. If you cut just inside the edge, from the top, then you'll retain the handles, and still have a lip for a lid to rest on. You'll also still be able to [easily] stack the kegs for storage.

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I just started converting the first of three kegs this weekend and I went the route of cutting the hole in the top. I never really thought about just cutting off the top. I like just cutting the hole as it preserves the handles, as well as gives you some real estate for mounting things that don't have to go inside the keggle (top bolt for a sight glass, for example.)

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You can cut the top off AND keep the handles by simply cutting around the handles...

This is the style I'm contemplating going to in order to save weight and make cleaning slightly easier.

The only real drawback that I can think of is a small amount of weakening.

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possibly more boil off with a larger hole??

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IMO, the weight reduction won't offset the weakened structural integrity of the keg. I am planning on converting a keg into a boil kettle in the next few weeks (once it arrives and I gather all the hardware). I plan on cutting a hole in the top, not cutting from the side.

The way I see it, with a little practice, and decent equipment, you should be able to cut very close to the edge of the top, and still retain the handles and shroud. That pretty much negates any difference for cleaning (over cutting mostly from the sides, then in to keep the handles). Plus, it will be less work. You'll need to grind down the exposed edges around the handles so that you don't get sliced when you're using/cleaning the keggle. Only having a ~1/2" lip all the way around means the boil-off difference should be minimal.

The way I see it, there's a good reason why people cut the hole around the opening, and not cut from the sides. Just a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"...

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possibly more boil off with a larger hole??
that has more to do with the surface area of the fluid than the opening of the container, but its possible.

i much prefer the "hole cut in the top" to any other configuration. its really nice to keep the top skirt if you ever need to carry or stack your kegs. i think the "cut off everything but the handles" just looks dumb.
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I cut a hole in the keg, and I'm very happy with the results. The nice thing about going the hole route is that it's easy to find pot lids to cover it once it's done.

And I'll give a big +1 to having the handles... Since I'm still working on my brewstand I have to put my keggle w/wort onto the burner, having those handles makes it SO much safer.

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Cut a hole in the bottom and put a 2" triclover clamp on the spear post. Bingo you have a welded in bottom drain.

The clamp is about $7, then you need a reducer to npt which is also only a couple bucks. I'm pretty sure brewers hardware sells everything you need.

If you do cut the top then just cut a hole. It works fine and looks better that way.

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