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Old 12-29-2012, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Which keg to use for boil pot

I have three keggles in process. I am going to finish the boil pot first. 2 kegs are fairly straight sided, the other is a coors that has a big bulge in the center. I have searched but not found any recommendations on this. Should the bulging keg be better used for boil pot, mash tun, or hlt?

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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I have the same set up and one HBT member gave me the advice to use the Coors keg (tappered sides) as the boil kettle because they thought the curved sides helped to prevent boil overs.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Maybe the Coors one for your HLT, since straight sides might be a little easier to clean?

Just a thought. I could be talking out my ass, though.

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Hehe, three replies, three opinions.

I would think about using the fat boy keg for any part of your operation that does not need a site glass. You can put one on these, many have, but its a little more of a pain. I would use it as a mash tun.

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Wow. Now I really don't know what to do. I get the problem with a sight glass hadn't considered that angle. Too bad it's the best looking one. Didn't really want to wrap it up.

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Ditto the mash tun no sight glass comment.

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I would make the far right or middle into the boil keggle. The other (of those two) into the mash tun keggle. Make the Coors keg into the HLT. With the straight side keg, you can easily install a sight tube for the boil keggle. It's also easy to get false bottoms (NorCal/Jaybird) for straight side kegs. You could get one for the Coors keg, if you wanted to.

I also don't see the point in having a sight glass in the mash tun. If you really want one on the HLT you can, but it's not needed. Just measure the water accurately before you pour it in (or as you do) and you'll be fine there.

BTW, the one on the far right should polish up real nice. Just polish before you put any holes in the sides.

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You can put a sight glass on the bulged coors keg no problem.

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Yes, you can put a site glass on (as I stated), but you need to get around the "bulge" by using a longer bulkead or additional fittings. Hence, it's more of a pain. Not exactly a huge pain, but all things are relative.

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Yes, you can put a site glass on (as I stated), but you need to get around the "bulge" by using a longer bulkead or additional fittings. Hence, it's more of a pain. Not exactly a huge pain, but all things are relative.
As many of us know, Bobby_M makes/sells fittings that do just that. So, IF you want a sightglass on that keg, you can do it. I would just use it as is for a batch, or three, before going forward with installing one.
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