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Old 12-10-2009, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Excited for my new sanke HLT

Long story not so short...., I finally got around to converting a 1/2 barrel sanke to a HLT for my burgeoning brewery.
I went to harbor freight and picked up cheap angle grinder that was on sale for 9.95 to cut the top off. I tried to create one of the various jigs I have seen on HBT but alas could not figure it out and just free handed it. Luckily the guard of the grinder fit up against the rim of the keg and made it easy. And my god, how much fun was that? Sparks flying left n right I kinda want to find something else to cut apart now muhahaha
I then used a step bit (also from harbor freight) to make 2 holes for the drain and a sight glass.
At this point I wasn't sure if I wanted weldless fittings that I can put together myself, or try and find someone who can weld. While my keg sat neglected in the garage I happened to stumble across this thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/weld...stions-148798/
and I saw this weld:

and quickly sent a PM.
Turns out, Craig (GreenMonti) is somewhat local to me and agreed to do some welding for me. I dropped the keg of yesterday and should have it by this weekend. He brought a sample weld with him (the one pictured above) and it looked even better in person.
I know I know, this is kind of a worthless thread without pics of my keggle but I am just excited with anticipation. I will update it with pictures of it as soon as I pick it up.
HBT is such a great resource, without this website, its great members, and support...I don't think my keggle ever would have gotten off the ground.
Thanks again Craig...
Now, I just gotta find some time to brew.....

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:26 PM   #2
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I assume that you acquired the sankey by legal means. Otherwise, the keg nazis will be all over you...

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:29 PM   #3
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Wow, You lucky SOB, I too PM'd him as soon as I saw the picture. I was not as lucky as you.

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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I assume that you acquired the sankey by legal means. Otherwise, the keg nazis will be all over you...
Correct, This isn't a case where I paid a deposit and kept the keg.
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:04 AM   #5
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Splangy,

Nice to see you did a thread. I took some progress pics for you so you know I am working on the project. I hope noone is using 56K, LOL.

The keg as I recieved it from Matt.


The holes he drilled.


A shot of the couplers, One of them preped and the other as you would buy it.


A shot of the hole that is preped, waiting for the coupler to be pulled through the side.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:09 AM   #6
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More,

One of the couplers that has been pulled.


This is the inside of the coupler.


A shot of the lid made from the cutout piece. The handle is a dip tube.


A close up of the washers (tabs)

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Splangy,

I forgot to mention to you yesterday that I put the couplers up flush on the inside. I hope that is ok with you. I will be doing the welding tomorrow night. Hope you like it so far.

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Wow, You lucky SOB, I too PM'd him as soon as I saw the picture. I was not as lucky as you.
I tried looking at shipping costs but got a varity of quotes. The post office was the cheapest at like 50 bucks. If the welding situation is that bad in OH I would be happy to do the work, if your alright with the extra cost and time.

Off topic I know, Sorry Splangy.
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That is one sexy weld!
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I really like how you pulled the coupler through bending the wall up around it. What tool do you use to pull something like that?

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