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Old 03-04-2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default Kegs with tops cut out?

I keep seeing what look like kegs with the tops cut out while searching for info. Are these used as the boilers for full boil recipes?

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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They are called Keggles

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Boil kettles, HLT, and some use them for direct fire MLT's. A LOT cheaper then buying an actual 15.5 SS pot.

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Is the HLT a mash tun?

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Where are full kegs even found? Even at the local stores the largest I have seen is a half keg. Will the wort boil over on a 1/2 keg?

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Old 03-05-2009, 12:59 AM   #7
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HLT = Hot Liquor Tank, that is used to heat up the water going into the MLT=Mash Lauter Tun.
There is a lot of talk about how to acquire kegs.
To be completely legal you should buy the keg from somewhere like Sabco etc.
Others "find" kegs at junk yards or other places.

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Best place is a local scrapyard, for me it's a recycling center. Some breweries will sell the old decommisioned (aka damaged) kegs to the scrapyard, where you can pick them up for 25-35 bucks. Some are not in good shape and may have holes and/or dents, but you can usually find a couple that just need to be beaten back into shape. Add a weldless ball valve kit and you've got a nice 15 gallon SS kettle for cheap.

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So will a 15 gallon keg fit on a stand that comes with a turkey frier (already have a turkey frier, hoping the burner would work)?

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I am now confused on what a half keg is? I always get kegs from Total Wine near my home and what I always get is the largest they have which is called a half keg. For a party we normally get Miller lite and the half keg comes to $150 including the deposit so when we turn the shell back in the beer normally costs about $100. Is this "half keg" that I am referring to the 15.5 gallon keg that is needed?

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