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Old 08-09-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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I saw this and am offering it up for comment.
It's not something I need to undertake right now.

http://www.instructables.com/id/ELW6NXMF4TLKW45/



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Old 08-09-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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If you use an angle grinder and use the rim of the keg as a guide then you can get a neat result in 5 minutes.

This seems like a lot of effort even for 3 kegs.



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Old 08-09-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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ITA: It seems that this would be something that a LHBS or a club would have for a loaner.

I'm pretty sure that Bobby_M rigged up a jig of some sort, whereas Yuri and BierMuncher eyeballed it.

And we know what wide variation of quality occured there...

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Old 08-09-2007, 07:26 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that Bobby_M rigged up a jig of some sort, whereas Yuri and BierMuncher eyeballed it.
I didn't exactly eyeball it - I scribed a guide line using the loop of string method, then used the keg's outer rim as a sort of "fence" to guide the torch as I cut.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:48 PM   #5
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This is mine fresh cut without a clean up.

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Old 09-10-2007, 04:29 AM   #6
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I landed two kegs this weekend and I want to cut the tops off, a friend of mine is a plasma cutting fiend, and I just want to make sure there isn't anything special I need to do before she cuts them.


I tapped the both of them and pumped out as much of the beer as I could. Then I released the air out of the keg.

Are there any other precautions that should be considered before the cutting begins?

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Old 09-10-2007, 01:07 PM   #7
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Yes. Whether or not the keg police are going to bust you. OK. I didn't say that. Shhh.

Take the valves and spears out and then fill them up with about 3 gallons of cold water. That will protect the bottom from getting slag on it from the cut.

Watch my video on how to get the valve out. It's pretty easy.

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Seems like way too much work for cutting the top off of a keg. I like the idea of a perfect cut by putting the keg in the jig. I'd put an angle grinder in the vice and speed things up though.

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Old 09-11-2007, 03:58 AM   #9
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Orphy, can you explain what you mean by using the rim as a guide using an angle grinder. I'm taking on this project this weekend and it would be a great help. As an aside, I am drinking my first glass wheat beer from my newly fabricated sanyo 4912. Thanks to all for there post and expertise. Kelly

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In my case, I went for the most simple build to quickly get 3 identical cuts. I took my jig apart directly afterward. The instructable's guy obviously put more than 15 minutes into the jig he made, as did Yuri for his plasma turntable. I suppose if you plan to do more than 3 kegs, it's worth it. Also, if you don't have any need or desire to make repeatable cuts, there's nothing wrong with drawing a circle and freehanding it.



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