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Old 12-04-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Brewing with no frills 1/2 keg

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone uses a basic 1/2 keg boil kettle, with no valves or taps etc. just a basic keg with the top cut out? I was thinking of doing 10 gals in a 1/2 keg, cooling it down and pouring the wort off out of the top, using a big funnel into two 6 gals. primary fermenters (using 2 people to pour out of the top). Is anyone out there doing it this way? Is there a reason not to do it this way ? Any tips or tricks to make the pour easier?

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:07 AM   #2
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Maybe get an Auto-siphon so you don't have to pour 10 gallons of wort?

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
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I was too lazy / broke to put a ball valve in my keggle, it just has the top cut off. I just siphon my wort out.

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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Hi, I'm wondering if anyone uses a basic 1/2 keg boil kettle, with no valves or taps etc. just a basic keg with the top cut out? I was thinking of doing 10 gals in a 1/2 keg, cooling it down and pouring the wort off out of the top, using a big funnel into two 6 gals. primary fermenters (using 2 people to pour out of the top). Is anyone out there doing it this way? Is there a reason not to do it this way ? Any tips or tricks to make the pour easier?
This is one of those joke post's right? Now we have to guess who is spoofing us?
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:00 AM   #5
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No I'm serious, so vinyl key, are you boiling 10 gallons and splitting it off into 2 primary fermenters ? I understand using an auto-siphon would be safer but with a few strong buddies standing around I would think it would be fairly easy just to pour off from the top no? iaefebs no joke I'm sort of a minimalist )

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No I'm serious, so vinyl key, are you boiling 10 gallons and splitting it off into 2 primary fermenters ? I understand using an auto-siphon would be safer but with a few strong buddies standing around I would think it would be fairly easy just to pour off from the top no? iaefebs no joke I'm sort of a minimalist )
OK since you are serious and from Jersey, then I can understand your approach It would be like two bud's lifting a 10 gallon batch of lye and dumping into a barrel with a body inside?
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:21 AM   #7
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iaefebs, I did hesitate trying to decide if I should post here under general techniques or the newbie help section. Your tone suggests I posted in the wrong area. I should have looked around the forums first to see if there is any no frills, minmalist, basic beer threads. Some of us just want a good fresh pure all grain beer with no fuss or bling... it's to those folks that I'm directing this question.

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Old 12-05-2010, 01:40 AM   #8
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It's pretty hard to get a splash free pour out of a kettle. It will probably go in several directions. Put a valve on it or siphon it out. How can that more than minimalist?

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Old 12-05-2010, 01:46 AM   #9
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Fair enough Blender but you just gave me a thought, I'm going to do a trial run. Fill the keg with 10 gallons of water and pour from the top into one of those giant funnels and see how easy or disastrous it goes. My fear is with the odd shape of the lip/rim it will splash all over as you say.

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I brew in a keg with just the top cut off, but I use a siphon to get it out of there. Pouring sounds like a terrible idea. I have a hard time pouring cleaning water out of the keg without getting it everywhere, I couldn't imagine doing it with wort.

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