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Old 08-22-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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Default Cutting the top off your keg. This is the easiest way!

I really appreciate all the helpful tips I've learned along the way. This site has proven to be a very valuable tool during my brewery build. I just want to return the favor and attach my video of how to cut off the top of a keg. I really do believe this is the easiest way I've found.

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Old 08-22-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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Great job with the video. Removing the retaining ring and spear aren't obvious, so this was a great tutorial.

I've never been to a Menards, in fact I've never seen one. You guys always mention it like it's a national chain. Lowe's / HD I guess.

Freehanding it is fine, but I see 3 kegs. Might be easier to make a simple jig. I made one (very simple!) that ensures that the holes on ALL the kegs are identical. Just a thought. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ng-jig-143048/

Nice deck. I like those pavers.

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easy is relative, lol

I cut my first keg top using a plasma cutter that I no longer have access to, but that was EASY... Puts little water in it to cool the slag before it sticks, a piece of wire as a quick jig and one time around in 15 seconds and it's done... A little work with a floppy sanding wheel and it's pretty.

But for easy and what we all can do... Make a quick jig like you can find on this forum. Easy, consistent, pretty clean... I think way easier than freehanding it. And the big is easy to make...

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I hose-clamped a pvc pipe to the back of the grinder with a piece of wood in between them to get proper diameter. From there I just dropped the PVC pipe into the original keg opening and made several passes around the keg. The flapper wheel took some getting used to. I kept sharpening the underside while smoothing the top of the cut, and vice versa. I had to make round swoops inside and out of the cut, like rotating the grinder from outside the keg to inside in order to get a nice rounded edge. Now it's smooth.

All of the stainless grit on the floor, wall, and me was less...smooth. Leave space around the keg or you'll have an angry wife.

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Nice vid, the topic of how to cut these kegs is one of the most polarizing on HBT! Lol. Great looking patio.

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It doesn't need to be polarizing... But when the word 'easiest' is used... Well, them's fightin words!

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Enjoyed the video, nice job!

Good luck on your build,

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Nice video, but the jig method is definitely easier and will give you a perfect circle every time.

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Thanks for the feedback.

I tried the jig method on my first keg and it ended up plunging deep in a couple areas causing a misaligned cut. Not to mention when it did this, my stupid c-clamp unhooked from the support and the grinder flew off and hit me in the gut. I have no doubt when installed correctly, the jig method would be great. I guess I wasn't smart enough to figure it out.

I must say though, I've cut over 15 Kegs with the method in the video and each and every hole is identical. I should mention I'm a hardscape landscaper by trade so I do a lot of cutting so maybe this subset of skills is paying off.

Great jig tutorial passeddawn!

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the only other thing i would add is that I now put a few gallons of water in when im cutting kegs. It really cuts down on the noise.

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