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Old 02-10-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Major Keg Score! Now what to do with them?

Man-o-man am I stoked!!!

A few weeks ago I decided that I want/need kegs. I want a sanke to be able to convert to a kettle. I want a sanke that I could use as a primary. I want a sanke that I could use for pressurized fermentation. And hell, since everything else is made out of a keg, lets skip the whole bottling thing and just go straight to kegging.

For those of you who don't know, I have yet to brew a single batch. I stumbled upon this site a few months ago, loved it, and I've been spending the last month or two reading up, gaining knowledge, and trying to secure equipment to make my own brew.

I am in love with the Stout! Hence the name down below, Blackened Brew, Brewing Co. For quite a long time, I will only be brewing the Stout. My SWMBO doesn't care for beer, but I have seen her drink a Butt-Light (bud light... barf!) before. So maybe someday in the future I will have to do a lager for her, and I know I'll have to do a lager for her Dad, because he's a BMC guy. Don't worry, I will do all in my powers to change that. I'll get him to realize what beer can be like.

My future father-in-law, Don, is a very resourceful kind of guy. I love to work in the machine shop for a hobby, and said, "Hey Don, you know where I can get a turbo for a car? I want to try and make one." No kidding, he had a turbo in my hands that I can tear apart and keep forever in 3 days.

Knowing how he's the kind of guy that gets along with damn near everyone, I posed the question, "Hey Don, you know where I can get a keg? I want to brew beer."

He replied, "You mean like the one I cook crabs in?"

"Yup, that's the one..."

"Let me make a phone call," he said.

The next day he tells me that he has a buddy with a few that he wants to get rid of. It'll only cost me $12 a piece and he has 4 of them that are supposed to be in great shape.

I hear that this guy likes to strike a deal, so I make the offer of $10 a keg. The offer is rejected!

I thought about it for a week or so, and told Don to make the deal, I'll pay $12 a piece. Guys on here that I talk with regularly with just about killed me when I told them I passed up on it.

Don calls me up the next night and asks, "How much do you love me?"

"What did you do now, Don?"

"I got you all 4 kegs you wanted."

"Sweet! How much do I owe?"

"No, listen to me, I got you all 4 kegs you wanted at no cost."

At this point many expletives came out of my mouth... damn, that was cool!

So yesterday Don and I went to pick up the kegs. This is what I was expecting to get:



When we got there, the buddy asked, "So, how many do you want?" To which his wife replied, "... all of them! I want them out of here."

So this is what I ended going home with:



I also got the equipment to tap the older kegs.

So here's where all of this was leading... What should I do with them all? The one in the front center of the second picture will become a Keggle. It's the most beat-up of them all. Probably two of the other ones will become primaries in some shape or form. I eventually want to move onto pressurized fermenting, so I'm going to keep them in tact.

Anyone know how to take apart the older kegs? I was able to dismantle the newer ones without any trouble, and I put them back together for now. I'm totally lost on the older ones.

What would you do with them?
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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congratulations! what a great deal. and your brewery name is very good. see if your wife likes saison dupont, its a nice light belgian farmhouse ale. very elegant. my wife loves it. no wait, my...swmbo!

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Old 02-11-2008, 02:25 PM   #3
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Just putting something in here to bring it back to the top... want to hear what people think I should do with the kegs.

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The Five newer Sankeys
1. Hot Liquor Tank
2. Mash Tun
3. Boil Kettle
4. Secondary Fermenter I
5. Secondary Fermenter II

Two older mystery kegs:
1. Primary fermenter
2. A grill to go with your brewery, alternatively, you could make a sweet smoking setup for making smoke beers.

That was a good score, well done.

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The Five newer Sankeys
1. Hot Liquor Tank
2. Mash Tun
3. Boil Kettle
4. Secondary Fermenter I
5. Secondary Fermenter II

Two older mystery kegs:
1. Primary fermenter
2. A grill to go with your brewery, alternatively, you could make a sweet smoking setup for making smoke beers.

That was a good score, well done.
I like the thought of using one of the older ones as a Primary. I didn't even consider that. You have any clue as to how you get into that effer?

I can't say that I looked at it too closely, but I'm at a loss as to how I open that thing up. The nice thing about using the older ones as a primary is the fact that they have a tap opening down below and I already have the tapping equipment for it. It's practly a built in valve.

Awesome idea, thank you!

Oh yeah, some day I would like to get into pressure fermenting (I'm always trying to plan for the future, doesn't mean it will ever happen)... Should I get the older kegs pressure tested?
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Yeah, great score! Build your dream 3 keg AG setup first. With the others you can use them as fermenters as Boerderij Kabouter suggested, or you can donate/sell them to a buddy you brew with who has also been looking for kegs. If it was me, I'd do the latter since I've got a few friends who would love to have a few to play with.

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Old 02-11-2008, 03:49 PM   #7
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you can donate/sell them to a buddy

I've been meaning to tell you - Hey Buddy
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Hey, nice avatar. Almost as cool as mine.
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I noticed that - damn you animation!

But back to my new keg owing buddy!

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Hey, nice avatar. Almost as cool as mine.
LOL... FIGHT!!!!

Mmmm... Guinness... I could really go for a Blackened One right about now...
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