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Old 10-01-2006, 05:22 AM   #1
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I kept thinking that if I hit enough garage sales that I'd find something useful for brewing eventually. It happened today. I got a Budweiser keg for $10.

I need some advice on cutting it. I'm thinking about using my Dremel with a heavy duty cutting wheel. How close to the edge should I cut it? How do I make it perfectly round? Or do I need to? What can I use as a lid?

Also, are there any safety precautions I should take dealing with the pressure?

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Old 10-01-2006, 01:58 PM   #2
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b**stard!



I would go find a lid at the store that you want to use and then cut your opening to match.

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Old 10-01-2006, 02:57 PM   #3
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A Sawzall or equivalent reciprocating saw with the proper blade will make very quick work of the keg. I didn't try a jig-saw but I would think it would work but not nearly as well as the sawzall. About 60 seconds of noise but it will then allow you to dull the shart edge with your Dremel.

I never place a lid over my boil keggle because I just know that I'd have boil over issues.

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Old 10-01-2006, 03:04 PM   #4
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I second the bastard remark!

I'm starting to scout out for kegs, cheapest I'm finding is ~$50+shipping on eBay. I keep checking Craigslist as well, but haven't seen much yet. Nice score - helluva score!

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I'll glady take the bastige remarks for a deal like this! Small price to pay. However, a-hole would have been more accurate.

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I was trying to be nice...

There was a special cutting wheel someone used on their dremel that did a great job. I think others have used angle grinders, if you have one. One suggestion that was made was to partially fill the keg with water when you cut it, to keep it in place on the ground better.

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Mine was done with a grinder with a cutting wheel. Made a nice clean edge. I measured the diameter of the lid that I wanted to use, then made a loop of string to put around the keg head, and adjusted until it equaled the radius. Slip a sharpie in the loop and you have a compass. worked fine for me.

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Mine was done with a grinder with a cutting wheel. Made a nice clean edge. I measured the diameter of the lid that I wanted to use, then made a loop of string to put around the keg head, and adjusted until it equaled the radius. Slip a sharpie in the loop and you have a compass. worked fine for me.
hmm, great minds. That's what I ended up doing. I've already started cutting and it is eating through some Dremel wheels. I'll probably need about 10 at this rate. and these are the fiberglass reinforced.

I'm pretty much stuck with a Dremel because I don't have a die grinder or sawzall. though I did see die grinders for $8 the other day. Still would probably be cheaper to just buy more cut off wheels.
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about the pressure . . .
You can take apice of tin foil and fold it up until it's about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch think then press down the ball and slide the tin foil half way in keeping the ball from sealing and keep it at atmospheric pressure.

Just one warning . . . be carefull when you depress the ball or ya may end up covered in old stale Bud . . . yeah it happened to me

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about the pressure . . .
You can take apice of tin foil and fold it up until it's about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch think then press down the ball and slide the tin foil half way in keeping the ball from sealing and keep it at atmospheric pressure.

Just one warning . . . be carefull when you depress the ball or ya may end up covered in old stale Bud . . . yeah it happened to me

Lay it on its side before you purge it. Unless she's 1/2 full the pickup tube will be uncovered. As Pumbaa can attest, a stale buttwiper shower's no fun!!!

Be careful though. The pickup tube may still have some skanky old beer in it. There's no avoiding that little bit of juice...
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