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Old 03-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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I have a nearly new Bud keg, but I can't trade it in towards a deposit because it doesnt have a registration tag. I've seen people use them for a brew kettle, but I've always wondered how they get the wort out after cooling. I'd think trying to pour it would create a big mess, and using a spigot or siphon would take too much time. First, any suggestions on what I could do with this keg (other than shipping it to you, shipping costs would be too high) and also, whats your setup for using it as a brew kettle? Thanks!

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Old 03-14-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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most people find someone who can weld onto stainless and put a ball valve on the bottom of it. That's what I've done.

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I ferment in a couple of kegs. When It's done I rack the beer out with a siphon and hose all the trub out then fill it up with water and oxy-clean and let it soak.
Then a good scrubbing with a brush and rinse out. Once it's all clean, I fill it up again and boil it for a few minutes just to be sure it's sterilized. I fill it up again with the runnoff from the chiller and add Star-San for a last minute sanitization.
They work great for my 10-12 gallon batches.

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...and using a spigot or siphon would take too much time.
Curious why you would say this or what you consider too much time?
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:13 AM   #5
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I use a modified keg for a boil kettle. Someday I will get a coupler welded in, but I've been using an autosiphon to drain it, and it works just fine... Takes a few minutes to drain, but in that amount of time, I've got my chiller cleaned, etc.

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I would go to the closest AB distributor and ask them if you can keep it, If not eat the money and give it back.

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I would go to the closest AB distributor and ask them if you can keep it, If not eat the money and give it back.

Why ??? This is why they have the deposit, isn't it? I'm in the same boat with a keg I have. It is a 29.5 liter tall keg. I think I'm going to use it as a fermenter.
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Why ??? This is why they have the deposit, isn't it? I'm in the same boat with a keg I have. It is a 29.5 liter tall keg. I think I'm going to use it as a fermenter.
The Deposit essentially is a refundable rental fee. AB still owns the keg and expects it to be returned. If it is not returned it is stolen, Im not saying feds are going to kick down anyones door to retrieve a keg but I myself am not comfortable keeping one unless I know it is Legit.
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The Deposit essentially is a refundable rental fee. AB still owns the keg and expects it to be returned. If it is not returned it is stolen, Im not saying feds are going to kick down anyones door to retrieve a keg but I myself am not comfortable keeping one unless I know it is Legit.
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Anyone wanting a keg for a keggle should read this entirely DO NOT SKIM THROUGH IT!

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Here is a whole thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...g-legal-61343/

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