Fellow HBT DIYers,
My son was given a dented up keg by his boss at the bottle shop. I had agonized over trying to rig up a jig in order to cut out the top to make a keggle. I saw a photo where someone had cut the keg straight along the weld line in order to make it more like a regular kettle, so that's what I did.
For some reason, I find that I cannot click on the little icon that assists in posting picture, so I'm entering them manually using the codes.
Here's the keg prior to cutting (truthfully, I didn't get a "before" picture, so I laid the top back on and took the photo):
Keg after top is cut off at weld line:
Other view of keg after cutting:
Keg after medium buffing pad:
Keggle with weldless ball valve and sight glass from Bobby at Brewhardware installed:
Close up of keggle:
Inside keggle showing pick up tube:
Plastic split tubing from Brewhardware stuck along edge of keggle:
I cut the top rim off the top of the keg today. You can see the circle drawn by my son where he was hoping to cut it. I hope to fashion a lid from it:
This is my son and I doing our first brew together. I think it was an extract with steeping grains brew.
We will be moving in the next couple of months to a house that has a great area outside the basement for brewing. At that time, I plan to mount a heating element into it to make an e-kettle.