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Old 09-12-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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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.

Thanks,
Keith

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Looks good Keith. Now drop that bag I sent you in the keggle and brew us some beer!

---Todd

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I LOVE the handles, and I need some for my keg MLT since I turned it upside down to make it bottom draining. Where did you find those?

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I LOVE the handles, and I need some for my keg MLT since I turned it upside down to make it bottom draining. Where did you find those?
Yooper,

I got those at Lowes. They are gate handles located on the aisle where cabinet hardware is located. They are not cast steel, but appear to be pressed. They are held onto the keggle by #8x32 1/2" stainless steel bolts, rubber washer on inside, and #8x32 SS locknut. Each handle requires 4 bolts (I only got 4 total on my first trip). I got the phillips head bolts that have the flat top and the head is slanted underneath so they countersink in the indentations on the handles. These screws are not open on the shelf, but are in those drawers where they keep the specialty items.

Hope that helps,
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Great call adding the handles back. Now you have a clean straight sided pot, and handles. I've never liked seeing kegs cut like this becuase I think handles are so important. With this, you have the best of both worlds. Glad to see the bolts you used for them are stainless. You may want to consider silicone washers instead of rubber there, is my only suggestion.

Great job

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Yooper, great job! I think the handles of yours look awesome. You may just have persuaded me to do my kegs the same way! Where in U.P. are you? Im originally from Menominee but reside In green bay at the moment

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Great call adding the handles back. Now you have a clean straight sided pot, and handles. I've never liked seeing kegs cut like this becuase I think handles are so important. With this, you have the best of both worlds. Glad to see the bolts you used for them are stainless. You may want to consider silicone washers instead of rubber there, is my only suggestion.

Great job
Thanks. I knew that I didn't like the big bulky keggle that so many folks use (not dissing them, just my preference).

My first idea was to try to do this:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...keggle-214694/

My 2nd idea was to try what this guy did in posting #18 of the following thread. His video left me a little confused, but I liked his idea.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/made...ml#post3932317
This gives you strong handles, yet opens the mouth of the keggle wide open so you don't have a ledge to catch grain when dumping/cleaning. One negative side to this method is that the handles make it more difficult to store your keggles upside down on a shelf.

Thughes sent me a photo of an old keggle he had that was cut straight. Also, I read a posting where someone was worrying about how to cut the keg, and another brewer suggested that he simply cut the keg straight and bolt gate handles to the top. So . . . that's what I did.

I'm going to look into the silicone washers. I'd like something hard as the rubber ones want to squeeze out of the way.

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Yooper, great job! I think the handles of yours look awesome. You may just have persuaded me to do my kegs the same way! Where in U.P. are you? Im originally from Menominee but reside In green bay at the moment
Oh, that's not MY keg! Those awesome handles are kzimmer's work- that why I asked about them. (I "quoted" the picture, I think so it looks like my photo).

I don't have handles on my keg MLT at the moment, since I turned it upside down and have it bottom draining. But I love his idea and handles, and so I think a trip to Home Depot may be in my future. (No Lowe's around here yet).

I live in the central UP, in Iron County, right on the Wisconsin border.
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Yea I see that. Sorry kzimmer! Doesn't change the fact that they look great!

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Yea I see that. Sorry kzimmer! Doesn't change the fact that they look great!
No offense taken. This idea is certainly not "my" idea, but I'm surprised that there are almost no examples of this type of cut on the forums. I will have to look around for a lid to fit.

This type of cut would be great for those doing BIAB. It's important to make certain that the bolts holding the handles on - as well as the eye bolt for the sight glass - are short with smooth edges so as not to snag the bag.

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