The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Rubber covered keg of any use?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-24-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,106
Liked 40 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default Rubber covered keg of any use?

I recently got a couple kegs, a couple of them will become keggles to use as HLT boil kettle etc. Some had a strange threaded dip tube system instead of the usual ring system, but that's another topic.

One of them is covered in rubber and looks similar to the one pictured except the one I have is a 1/2 bbl keg (15.5 gallons). What would you guys do with this? It does not feel like it has a SS skirt so cutting off the rubber would leave me with a fairly unusable keg. I'm thinking 15.5 gallon pressurized fermenter, but I wonder if I can control and monitor the temp well through the rubber exterior. Thoughts?

.25barrelrubber.jpg  
__________________

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash

conpewter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
Desert_Sky
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Desert_Sky's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 4,090
Liked 31 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Ive seen a few where the rubber was cut off on the bottom to allow for heating, but the rest of the rubber was left on the remaining portion of the keg for insulation.

Not sure of results though.

__________________
Desert Sky Brewing Co.
Sierra Vista, AZ
Desert_Sky is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #3
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,648
Liked 131 Times on 124 Posts

Default

Are you certain that isn't a plastic keg? They are getting more common.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-24-2008, 04:56 PM   #4
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,106
Liked 40 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

The one I have is too heavy to be plastic, and the place for the tap is all stainless steel, not flexible at all even when there is no pressure.

I would like to use it as a fermenter but I'm not sure if the insulation properties of the rubber would make it harder to cool the fermentation, and if so, how much I can remove before the top handles pop off. (If it is even removable, may be stuck on with really good glue)

__________________

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash

conpewter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-24-2008, 06:50 PM   #5
Damonic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 441
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I just inherited a rubberized one as well and was wondering the same thing. I figured I could make it into a fermenter somehow but didn't think the rubber would hold up to the heat, even with it cut off the bottom.

__________________
Damonic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-24-2008, 09:52 PM   #6
McSwiggin'
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 183
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

If it is a MBC rubber coated keg, then it is stainless under that rubber and probably not a plastic keg. I would use that for my MLT or HLT since it is already insulated for you. You are correct on the skirt, typically MBC rubberized kegs do not have stainless handles or bottom lips. you would have to remove the entire rubber bottom and probably a few inches of rubber up the side if you are going to apply heat. If you batch sparge, all you have to do is cut the top off and drill for a bulkhead and you're set.

__________________

Last edited by McSwiggin'; 06-24-2008 at 09:56 PM.
McSwiggin' is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2008, 10:56 AM   #7
PeteOz77
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
PeteOz77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Canberra, ACT Australia
Posts: 1,463
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Keep it as a keg and use it for events.

__________________
This Isn't Nam Smokey, There Are Rules.
PeteOz77 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2008, 12:53 PM   #8
Boerderij_Kabouter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Boerderij_Kabouter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Posts: 8,461
Liked 115 Times on 100 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Use it as an electric HLT, and get another one for your electric MLT. Time to install the 220 line

__________________
2P-Twent-E Simple Brew DITCHES 1 DITCHES 2 Fermentolagertaporator side-by-side ferm Twelve Hopostles Labels
Boerderij_Kabouter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-26-2008, 03:56 AM   #9
Damonic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 441
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Tried searching for 'rubber' and both 'keg' and 'MLT' are too short to search on. Has the topic been addressed on HBT before? Can anyone point me in the right direction?

__________________
Damonic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #10
BeerCrazy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 84
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Coffee table legs.

__________________
BeerCrazy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I covered my brew pot. Bad? Rhymenoceros Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 01-21-2009 03:44 PM
Glass Carboy: Does it need to be covered? Pelikan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 11-20-2008 04:48 PM
I am covered in Beer.... mdf191 Bottling/Kegging 8 12-24-2007 11:10 PM
Covered Carboy's AleHole General Techniques 10 03-01-2007 02:50 PM