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Old 03-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Over the past couple months I've been able to score some kegs at my local scrap yard. I have two straight sided kegs in excellent condition and a bulge sided keg that has a few dings but is in pretty good shape. My question is, which vessel should I turn the bulge sided keg into? HLT, MT, or BK? I plan on building a single tier system, so I guess the MT would have some symetry with the straight sided kegs on either side, but I'm not sure which way to go. I want to plan this out because I'll be buying the parts in the next couple of days.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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I think I would use the bulging keg as the mash tun. The reason is that I would want sight glasses on the HLT and the boil kettle. The straight sided legs would accommodate. Also I would not want one on the mash tun.

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I would use the bulging keg as the HLT, then first chance you have to get a straight sided keg, I would replace it and get rid of that homely bulging thing. They are the "fat chicks" of the keggle population.

All kidding aside, it likely doesn't matter...and thanks for letting me vent, not really sure why I don't like em?

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Thanks, that sort of what I was thinking.

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I can only seem to get the coors buldged out kegs, i hope i dont have any issues with sight gauges either.

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I can only seem to get the coors buldged out kegs, i hope i dont have any issues with sight gauges either.
I saw that Bobby M sells sight glasses that fit bulge sided kegs.
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Dumb question....do the bulge sided kegs hold the same amount of liquid as the straight sided ones?

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Dumb question....do the bulge sided kegs hold the same amount of liquid as the straight sided ones?
yea, 15.5 gallons
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yea, 15.5 gallons
Thank you! Like I said...dumb question
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Besides a sight glass, are there any issues when installing ball valves or any other hardware in a bulge sided keg?

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