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Old 07-10-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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Can half kegs be used to be made into boiling kettles ? Found a seller on craigslist who has 4 of them for $50.00 and before I buy them I want to be sure I have a use for them.

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Old 07-10-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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For a boiling kettle, 7 1/2 gallons is a bit small. You're virtually guaranteed to have a boil over.

They make awesome fermenters though!

If they're slims and if you feel like shipping, I'd probably buy the lot of em from ya.

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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Can half kegs be used to be made into boiling kettles ? Found a seller on craigslist who has 4 of them for $50.00 and before I buy them I want to be sure I have a use for them.
Ha, I saw these too!


I was thinking of trying a similar thing for brew kettles but decided it wasn't worth the effort. Maybe they'd be good for fermenters.
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I always troll craigslist for brewing stuff and I didn't see this until you pointed it out. Good find!

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:56 PM   #5
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What's your location?
And are they 1/2 or 1/4 kegs? 7.5 go is a 1/4 keg

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:45 AM   #6
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I always troll craigslist for brewing stuff and I didn't see this until you pointed it out. Good find!
Sure, no problem. I have a bunch of RSS searches saved for the Rochester, NY area for keg(s), home brew, beer, tap(s), etc. so I miss very little. It's helped me amass my collection of home brewing equipment.

Maybe those of us in the area can buy them and split them? For $12.50, I'd be willing to try to make a brew kettle from one of these.

Also, the CL seller lists them as 1/2 kegs but who knows.
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Technically, a full sized keg is called a "half keg," because it holds half a barrel of beer (15.5 gallons). I've never seen a full, 1 bbl keg, though I'm told they use to exist.

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From the pic those look like old Hoff Stevens kegs... Which are pretty rare these days and sought after because they are great for cask conditioning. They may have bungs in them which may be problematic using them as kettles. I'd wager that they are indeed full sized kegs. $12.50 is a steal, regardless.

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Maybe those of us in the area can buy them and split them? For $12.50, I'd be willing to try to make a brew kettle from one of these.


I appreciate the offer, but I picked up a 40 qt pot a year or so ago. I don't have the need at this time. Thanks though!
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From the pic those look like old Hoff Stevens kegs... Which are pretty rare these days and sought after because they are great for cask conditioning. They may have bungs in them which may be problematic using them as kettles. I'd wager that they are indeed full sized kegs. $12.50 is a steal, regardless.
That's funny, I actually have a couple of taps for these types of kegs. Still, I can't see myself actually using them for anything useful although there are some good suggestions on this forum.
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