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Old 03-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default How do you seal a Beer Keg for fermenting after cutting top off

I am trying to convert an old vintage Beer keg for fermenting and I know it is important to seal a lid on it after cutting of the top so no air can get in while fermenting and then install an air log on it. Any suggestions on how to do this.



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I use uncut kegs for fermenting....



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I use uncut kegs for fermenting....
This.

And then a brewers hardware snake fermenter kit or carboy cap stretched over the keg top. You've got to remove the spear first, there are posts that show you how to do this.

I would use your cut keg for something else. Put in a weld less bulkhead, and turn it into a mash tun, brew kettle, or hot liquor tank.
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I haven't cut it yet, But it just seems like it would be very hard to sanitize it if you don't cut a lid in it. ALl I read is make sure you can clean it out good. Maybe a glass Carboy is the answer but I wanted something better.

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I haven't cut it yet, But it just seems like it would be very hard to sanitize it if you don't cut a lid in it. ALl I read is make sure you can clean it out good. Maybe a glass Carboy is the answer but I wanted something better.
They are more difficult to clean, but not impossible. I used to soak mine in hot PBw, and leave it overnight, then brush it out, rinse it. If you have an automatic keg washer, you could just use that. You will need to have a flashlight and dental mirror (or similar) to inspect your cleaning job. I have now switched to a stout conical, and find it so much simpler to clean and keg from, but the brewers hardware kit did work well.
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DO you have a site glass on it? Otherwise how do you know where the sentiment is when you are ready to bottle or keg it / pump it out? Does the site glass even show the sentiment level? What level do you put the drain at to do this. I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches. This is why I want to got to a 15.5 keg from a 5 gallon carboy. Really Appreciate your inputs here.

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I have also thought of welding and adding some 3 or 4 metal clasps on it with a rubber seal on the lid and keg that I cut off, Not really that hard to do I don't think.

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I tried this last year and finally gave up using them because of some infected batches. I could never get the lid to seal good enough.

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Weld a cornie top onto the top of the keg?

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What's a cornie top? Make end up giving up on this and using something else. Don't want the bacteria possibilities or spoiled batches. That's why i thought of asking here before doing it. I thought this was done all the time, maybe I am mistaken and they are used for brewing mostly



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