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Old 11-08-2007, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Using Kegs as Keggles

I have seen many pics of people brewing with "open" kegs.
A couple of questions about doing this.
1) Did you do this because it is cheaper than a brew pot?
2) Is the spigot welded or what / same for the thermometer?
3) Did you have to cut open the top?

What other advantages are there to using a converted keg?

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:10 AM   #2
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1) yes
2) sometimes welded, sometimes weldless
3) uh, yes. Kegs generally hold pressure, thus they generally come with tops.

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:14 AM   #3
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I guess I should have been a little clearer on Q # 3.
Did you buy a modified "open" keg, or do it yourself?

LOL...too funny

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Did you buy a modified "open" keg, or do it yourself?
Personally I bought unmodded kegs. But to answer your question on behalf of the general population in the spirit of my previous answers:

sometimes people buy them pre-cut, sometimes they do it DIY style.

Just like many things in this world, it's a matter of whether you want to (or have the ability to) do it yourself, or would rather just pay someone else to do it.
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It's mostly about cost. A heavy gauge 15 gallon pot is well over $200.

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1/2 BBL size is perfect for 10+ gal batches.BTW,it's way easy to cut the top off.
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I think Keggles is derived from the word Keg. Otherwise it'd be a kettle!
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I think Keggles is derived from the word Keg. Otherwise it'd be a kettle!
Probably right.


Thanks for all the replies, I will look for a converted Keg, no sense buying a SS pot for $ 280.00 and then have to get or make a false bottom on top of that price.

Seems the keg is a lot cheaper solution. How much longer does it take to boil water in it than a normal pot? Anyone know if there are any disadvantages to a keg?
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A keggle can only be made with a keg.
It's a kettle otherwise.

The correct term is actually "the copper".

1. Yes and better (imo)
2. whatever you can get. I think welded is better (use a nipple)
3. I cut the top with a grinder.

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As far as #3 goes, there are a number of tools that can be used. A Sawzall may or may not be one of them.

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