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Old 10-03-2006, 05:52 PM   #11
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I scored a couple yesterday. Buddy picked up two for me at a scrap yard. Freaking sweet. I'll get them in my possession in two weeks. Can't wait. Another buddy spends his days tinkering in a shop all day, so he is gonna cut tops with plasma & do some sanitary welds for fittings - for 2.5gallons of beer. What a deal for both of us.

I've found that people will do amazing things for you if payment is made in beer. Buddy who picked up the kegs gets 2.5 gallons & reimbursed for the kegs. (~$50)

Everyone is happy. (Especially me.)

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Old 10-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #12
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If you are going to use a plasma torch to cut the top, you will want to drill a hole first, and fill it up with water. The water will catch and cool any blowthrough before it has a chance to hit the stainless inside. It will be easier to clean, and as others have stated, more stable whil cutting.

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Old 10-03-2006, 06:21 PM   #13
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That's the plan.

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Old 10-26-2006, 01:07 AM   #14
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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?
The best way I've found was to buy a 12 in stainless steel lid for a large kettle or steal swmbo's lid for her largest cooking pot! (Danger will Robinson) and then measure the diameter of the lip on the lid. Then make a paper template and center on keg, scribe a line exactly where you want the hole located. Then I would take the keg to the welding shop and have the hole plasma cut , should'nt be more than 10 to 15 dollars and the hole will be perfect!!!
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:25 AM   #15
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The best way I've found was to buy a 12 in stainless steel lid for a large kettle or steal swmbo's lid for her largest cooking pot! (Danger will Robinson) and then measure the diameter of the lip on the lid. Then make a paper template and center on keg, scribe a line exactly where you want the hole located. Then I would take the keg to the welding shop and have the hole plasma cut , should'nt be more than 10 to 15 dollars and the hole will be perfect!!!
An inverted 5 gallon plastic bucket will give you a perfect template for a 12" diameter hole.
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Well, I've already started cutting, but I bet I can find a lid to fit somehow.

At the rate I'm going, I might end up taking it to somebody with a torch. I've had it about 3 weeks and have only cut about six inches worth with my Dremel. Been busy making beer and working!

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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.


A-hole....




Sorry I was late with that Billy.

Sorry to read about the delay too. (friggin work, when is that crap gonna be outlawed) From what I've read the whole process is a real bi&ch... I'm interested in how yours shakes out.

Keep us updated...

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Well, I've already started cutting, but I bet I can find a lid to fit somehow.

At the rate I'm going, I might end up taking it to somebody with a torch. I've had it about 3 weeks and have only cut about six inches worth with my Dremel. Been busy making beer and working!
Tell you what, I'll do you a favor. Pack up the keg and ship it out to me. I'll cut a hole and send it back to you, promise...

(I'll send you the hole).
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