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Old 07-07-2010, 06:49 AM   #1
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So my friend had a friend that was a welder that would weld my keggles and cut the tops for a case of beer. (hell of a deal since i didn't know any welders) He said he could weld stainless no prob. Well long story short the welder friend passed the kegs to another welder friend and somewhere in the mix the spacing for the couplings was miss communicated. Also he attempted to weld the inside of the keg and was unable to. Will it be possible to weld now with the spacing so close together? Do i even need to weld the inside?? Or are these kegs ruined now?

A little blurry. The flash and angle were giving me trouble.





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Sure beats my setup! Welds look good to me, it's tight alright, I would go for it.

Welding inside, IMHO and I am probably wrong, is probably so that there is no gaps to have sugar to build up in. You might want to get a toothbrush and make sure you get the fittings on the inside nice and clean after each use. Everything ends up being boiled so even if it builds up you would be sterilizing every batch by boiling though.

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Old 07-07-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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they weren't welded inside, i will post a pic c of mine, that is jus the heating through. if they were wleded on the inside they would be similar to the outside welds. then again the picture is a bit fuzzy

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Old 07-07-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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While they aren't beautiful welds, they are typical and will work fine as long as there are no leaks.

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Old 07-07-2010, 12:48 PM   #5
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this is what mine look like, they are welded on the outside only.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help. From what I'm gathering, it doesn't matter if the inside is welded or not because boiling will kill off the bacteria. So it's not worth having the inside welded as long as they don't leak. And i should just RDWHAHB. Am i on the right track here?

BTW Bobby M does that site glass look familiar. Its one you made and that thing is sturdy. Can't wait to try it out.

Here are some better pictures of the inside of the keggles.


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If the ball valve can close completely without contacting the face of the thermo I don't see any problems. Everything is probably closer together than you had envisioned it, but still looks very functional.

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If the ball valve can close completely without contacting the face of the thermo I don't see any problems. Everything is probably closer together than you had envisioned it, but still looks very functional.
Just swap the thermo with the sight glass.
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Based on the better pictures, they weren't back-gassed and what you see there is sugaring. Not a big deal on the hot side of your brewery but if you can I would try to grind off the sugaring with a Dremel and re-passivate the area around the welds otherwise they will rust. BKF and a stainless or nylon toothbrush will repassivate the SS but the sugaring would have to be removed with a grinding or sanding wheel.

I have my valves rotated so the handle is vertical when off and I pull them straight down to open. This way there is at least a little less chance of burning the grips off!

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Based on the better pictures, they weren't back-gassed and what you see there is sugaring. Not a big deal on the hot side of your brewery but if you can I would try to grind off the sugaring with a Dremel and re-passivate the area around the welds otherwise they will rust. BKF and a stainless or nylon toothbrush will repassivate the SS but the sugaring would have to be removed with a grinding or sanding wheel.

I have my valves rotated so the handle is vertical when off and I pull them straight down to open. This way there is at least a little less chance of burning the grips off!
Thanks for the help. I know nothing about welding so when you say re-passivate its over my head. I take it sugaring is the raised welded area. I could get a hold of a stainless brush, not sure what BFK brush is? I've been wanting a dremel and this might just be the excuse to buy one
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