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Old 09-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default DIY Suggestions needed (3 smaller kegs)

See the picture. Looking for some suggestions on what to use these for. I already have 2 of my 3 half barrel kegs needed for my setup so I don't need them for a HLT, MLT, or BK.




The smaller ones are ~5 gallons
The larger is ~7.5 gallons

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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Default Fermenters?

You could always use them for fermenters - one for 10 gallon batches and two for 5 gallon batches. Brewers Hardware has the necessary items to convert them here.

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Serve out of the smaller kegs, ferment in the larger.

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Serve out of the smaller kegs, ferment in the larger.
This. You can get the sanke couplers for about $30 each new.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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Serve out of the smaller kegs, ferment in the larger.
What would the benefits be of fermenting in a keg vs. carboy?

Also, how do you fill a ball lock keg?
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What would the benefits be of fermenting in a keg vs. carboy?

Also, how do you fill a ball lock keg?
SS keg isn't a glass bomb that could kill you. The larger is great as you would basically just need to pull the center spear out of it and pop an orange cap on top and you have a solid fermentation vessel with very little risk of blow out loss. Downside is cleaning will be a pain in the but and you should pick up a small mirror on a retracting stick so you can scope the inside. You can also make the leap to larger batches all in one fermentation vessel reducing the two carboy issue.

You can either pull the spear out and fill or you can keep a hand ball lock keg and use a jumper or... you can ferment in the larger, and then back pressurize the keg and force it into the new keg. I really want to make the jump to using kegs myself but have yet to come across a good set of 6-10gal kegs for sale. Good luck
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