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Old 09-11-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Just picked this up today for $35, now I need to figure out who I know that owns an angle grinder.

I plan on using this Keggle for BIAB, the only question I have is how big should I cut the opening? Any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:42 AM   #2
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Mine have about 2" of the original top remaining on the outside edge all the way around.

Youll also want to power sand the edge you cut. If youre using a grinder it will be really jagged and easily cut your self on it. Put a sanding disc on the grinder after cutting.

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Holy crap that was just about the worst thing I have ever smelled. I degassed and opened the keg to clean it out. I didn't realize it still had about a half beer left over from 2008 in it. I found a buddy with an air grinder who said he can cut the opening. I am gonna try to get him to cut it with the biggest opening possible to leave the most room for the biab bag to exit. Any thoughts.

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Old 09-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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when i cut mine i too went for the biggest i could cut and it worked out without a jig by letting the angle grinder guard rest along the rim while i was cutting. I would never do that again,. What I would do is go get a nice lid and use that for making your circle. I have had to make some makeshift lids because my holes are about 1/2 too much for a standard size lid. You'll appreciate a tight fitting lid when you are getting 12-13 gallons of water to strike temp.

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I would drill a pilot hole and use a Saws-all rather than a grinder to cut the opening. Then buff up the rough edges with a grinder or even a file if your cut was close enough.

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Old 09-11-2011, 06:57 PM   #6
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make yourself a cheap jig and use the angle grinder. there is a number of posts around for a jig setup, i can send you pics of mine if you want.

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$40 angle grinder will cut the top and polish the keg and do so much more.

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I wanted as little lip as possible left on for the BIAB I just used an angle grinder running it along the top lip as a guide. It took about 20 minutes and 1 blade to get it done. Amazingly the lid to my electric wok fits perfectly! Now just to drill a set of holes for a sight glass/thermometer from Bobby M and a hole for the spigot and I'll be in business.

I can't decide whether or not I want to isolate for the mash or not I guess I'll find out after using it for the first time.
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Fermenting: Desert Basin Pale Ale, Ninkasi Tricerihops Clone
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nicely done

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Has anyone used a plastic guard around the edge of a keggle to protect from scratching and snags of a BIAB bag? I sanded down the edge to make it dull but if I run a paper towel around the edge it still catches really small bits of fiber. I am trying to figure out what I might be able to use to prevent this. Or a suggestion for a manual product that I could use to sand the offensive areas, I don't feel a power tool to be accurate enough for what I want to do.

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Desert Basin Brewery
Future Brews:
Fermenting: Desert Basin Pale Ale, Ninkasi Tricerihops Clone
Bottled: Desert Knight RIS, Scottish Winter Warmer
Kegged: Cleaning out the closet Porter
Gallons Brewed 2013: 15
Gallons Brewed 2012: 90.0
Gallons Brewed 2011: 77.5
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