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Old 01-15-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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so my SS pot is 32qt (8gal). i thought it would be big enough for 5gal batches. it's not. boil overs are really hard to stop with not a lot of head room. i should have listened when you guys told me i might want to go with a bigger pot. i didn't. anyway, i'm gonna take the grinder to the keg tomorrow. i watched a couple vids on how to disassemble the keg before grinding and all that. so ANYWAY, enough of my ramblings and on to my questions. 1: any tips on smoothing out the rough edges after it's cut so that it doesn't cut in to my mash paddle when i'm brewing with it? some kind of sand paper or something? and 2: how many gallons exactly is the keg? it's a standard keg like the full sized ones. like the kind that like budweiser comes in. like keg party style.

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Old 01-15-2011, 05:39 AM   #2
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Smoothing will depend on how clean your cut is... Flap sander on the angle grinder works really well. If your cut is pretty rough, you may need a grinding wheel to "round" it out a bit.

Your keg should be 15.5 gallons.

btw... Spray bottle of water is a great tool for fighting boil overs.


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Old 01-15-2011, 05:44 AM   #3
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There are some threads with pics of clever jigs used with angle grinders to make the job easy.

Here's one:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ng-jig-143048/

and I think I've seen one or two other threads on similar jigs.

Maybe using the jig, the edges won't need too much smoothing?

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My way less than simple jig (but it's very adjustable):






Last pic is before I touched it.
The shards you see are very thin and sanded clean very easily.

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There are some threads with pics of clever jigs used with angle grinders to make the job easy.

Here's one:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ng-jig-143048/

and I think I've seen one or two other threads on similar jigs.

Maybe using the jig, the edges won't need too much smoothing?
wow. excellent! this is what i'm going to do!
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a flap sander works great... remember, eye protection AND hearing protection (it's REAL loud). fill that key mostly with water to help deaden some of the noise...

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BTW... Don't try to cut all the way through the keg in a single pass.
Score it first time around and cut a little deeper each pass.

If you plunge the cutoff wheel through the keg, it won't turn in the radius you need.

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BTW... Don't try to cut all the way through the keg in a single pass.
Score it first time around and cut a little deeper each pass.

If you plunge the cutoff wheel through the keg, it won't turn in the radius you need.
wow okay thanks. i was wondering about whether i should score it or try to get it all the way through right away
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hell yeah! im super stoked about having a 15.5gal kettle! MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! can't wait to grind it tomorrow!

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I use a simple home-made jig as well, I use an air powered die-grinder to cut it open and just a few minutes with a couple roloc disks mounted o the die grinder takes care of any sharp edges, I can speak from experience that you can still have a boil over when doing a 5 gal batch in a keggle. that happened on my second ever batch, and only because I was too busy reading my recipe and going over my step by step instructions I wrote out. I forgot to add a step regarding watching for boilovers though.

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