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Old 11-18-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Best way to cut the top off of a keg

Got lucky yesterday and picked up a 15.5 gallon keg and have decided to use it as a brew kettle. I'm looking for advice on which is the best way to cut the top open. I don't have many tools but I do have a Drexel and some metal cutting disk, but I get the feeling it will take a lot of disk.

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Best way I have found is a 4.5 inch angle grinder and cut off disks you can pick these up at harbor freight for around 20 bucks

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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And I recommend picking up some ear plugs because the noise can be a little unbearable

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Right angle grander with the discs for cutting stainless steel works great. I've used a PVC "T" fitting in the keg valve opening as a guide in order to get a perfect hole. I'll see if there are any size marks on the fitting still. I do know it was on the shelf at Lowe's, so easy to get/find. No fancy jig needed this way.

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Find someone with a plasma cutter and offer $20.

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Find someone with a plasma cutter and offer $20.
And then spend time cleaning up that cut... Unless they're REALLY good with the cutter, you'll end up spending just as much time cleaning up the slag, as you would have just doing it yourself with the grinder.

BTW, it takes less than 10 minutes (more like 5) to cut the top of a keg, and clean it up so you won't get cut on the edge.
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Thanks guys. I'll have to see if any of the neighbors have a grinder.

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I used a sawzall and cleaned up the edge with a grinder. Worked pretty good for me

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DAAAAMN!! captwalt that's one ugly cut there...

My cut with a grinder:

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I mostly use it to boil, not to win beauty contests

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