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Old 01-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Drill the side of a Corny?

Think it would be possible to drill the side of a corny keg and put a ball valve or a tap of some sort on it? No info about such a project online.

I would like to use a 2.5 or 3 gallon keg for cask conditioning and would like to gravity dispense standing upright. Trying to simplify things and avoid the use of gas. Would like to be able to vent using a soft spile or autovent on the top end.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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I would not even think about doing that.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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You could turn the keg upside down and dispense from the gas side and leave the liquid side open to allow air flow.... This way you are not wasting a perfectly good 3 gallon keg.

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^ AHH you said it first.

If I had to dispense via gravity from an upright corny I would turn it upside down, shorten the gas in post and use it for dispensing, and use the out side (with dip tube still in) to vent. Or put the corny up higher upright dispense via gravity.

You could drill the side of a corny but it is already designed as a dispenser so I wouldn't reinvent the wheel so to speak.

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What type of beer are you planning on serving flat and probably room temperature?

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I think given the growing scarcity of decent used corny kegs, coupled with the high price new kegs, should you drill a hole in one, there would likely be a mob replete with pitchforks and torches coming after you as if you crapped on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, wiped your a$$ with the American flag, lit it on fire, and then kicked a dog and smacked a sleeping baby for good measure.

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Upside down would work.....

The gas in tube would draw from above the sediment and I could figure out a way to vent off the out tube as well.

Thanks guys. Im going to have to try it out.

I enjoy most beers at low carbonation and chilled. But IPAs and stouts mostly.

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I think given the growing scarcity of decent used corny kegs, coupled with the high price new kegs, should you drill a hole in one, there would likely be a mob replete with pitchforks and torches coming after you as if you crapped on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, wiped your a$$ with the American flag, lit it on fire, and then kicked a dog and smacked a sleeping baby for good measure.

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Also a good point...
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A flat IPA doesn't sound very tasty, but I'm with you on the stout.

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As opposed to upside down you could lay it on its side with the bottom (liquid dip tube) pointed up and tilted up at an angle and gravity dispense with a picnic faucet on the gas side. You could use a bleeder valve in place of a soft spile to vent to a specific volume, but I'm playing around with the right amount of priming sugar to add. 3 oz was too much, will probably try 1.5-2 oz next time.

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