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Old 04-04-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Old Style Quarter Barrel -- need help

So I picked up two 1/2 barrel Sankes and one 1/4 barrel old style keg today. I'm turning the Sankes into a brew kettle and a HLT (Thanks Bobby_M). I have no idea what to do with the 1/4 barrel. First, since it's got some old style connector on it, I don't even know how to relieve pressure, much less how to disassemble it.

Here's a shot of the keg:


Here's a closeup of the top:


And then, there's a place for a bung on the side of it I guess. WTF is this and what do I do with it?


It's about half full from what I can tell, so at least I know it holds pressure. What would you do with this thing if you owned it? How do I disassemble it?

Any help is greatly appreciated on this one.

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Old 04-04-2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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i just got some europeans and couldnt figure out how to relieve pressure. I just drilled a small hole at the top. Use safety glasses, etc, and you should be fine. The pressure is relieved. You might get some foam depending on the pressure and amount of beer.

If the keg's big enough, you might be able to use it as a HLT. 1/4 is almost 8 gallons i think, so depending on how you AG, that might be enough if you can refill the keg and reheat 8 gallons fast enough for your next use.

Dunno about side bungs. If it's solid, just leave it maybe???

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I have no idea what to do with the 1/4 barrel.
Scrap it. Get yourself a nice keg shell to work with.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:02 AM   #4
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We ended up with 2 of those recently. We haven't made any modifications yet, but the plan is to cut the top and bottom off to use as lids, and cut the centre section in half to use as 2 windblocks. We have access to a plasma cutter, so it will make it easier for us, but I would likely do that with them even if I had to make the cuts with an angle grinder.

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I'm thinking I'd like to use it as a fermenter, but I don't know what the deal is with the inside of it and I probably wouldn't be able to look in and see the other side of the bung area once I cut the hole in the top. I thought about the drill-a-hole method, and I may have to go that route.

I'd still like to know how to disassemble it correctly if anyone can help me out.

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... WTF is this and what do I do with it?
It's a bung hole. I'm sure you can think of something to do with it.
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So it's a "Hoff-Stevens" style apparently. Hooray for Google. Getting closer to an answer. Found this:

http://www.northchautauquahomebrewer...keg/hsbrew.htm

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And found this:
http://brewingtechniques.com/library....3/parker.html

Strange part: "Scrap it" is starting to sound like a viable option!

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So it's a "Hoff-Stevens" style apparently. Hooray for Google. Getting closer to an answer. Found this:

http://www.northchautauquahomebrewer...keg/hsbrew.htm
I'm not sure I would take advice from someone who installs a ball valve like this

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Hahaha, yeah I saw that. Pretty awesome by Upstate NY standards.

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