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Old 07-17-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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I have a 15 gal. keg that has a foam/plastic coating all over it. I was thinking of using it for my primary fermentor. However, I have a couple of questions. First, I cannot figure out how to get the stem out. There is a fitting on top with slots that looks like it should turn but I can't seem to turn it. Also, at what hieght should I drill the hole for the drain. I don't want gunk but I don't want to leave any of my beer behind. My other question is cleaning it after I keg my beer. Would Oxyclean - rinsing and sanitizing do the trick? Thanks.

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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Is this a miller keg?
Have fun..
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/how-...al-ring-76393/
You can't use that keg over a turkey burner as I am sure you are well aware of. Best put a 1" hole in it and do this.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/wel...keggle-237037/

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I wouldn't drill any holes in it if it were me. A hole and fittings is just going to add crevices for nasties to hide in. You can easily transfer with pressure through the spear or with a racking cane/autosiphon just like you would with a carboy. This also allows you to use the keg as a serving vessel if you ever want to.

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I wouldn't drill any holes in it if it were me. A hole and fittings is just going to add crevices for nasties to hide in. You can easily transfer with pressure through the spear or with a racking cane/autosiphon just like you would with a carboy. This also allows you to use the keg as a serving vessel if you ever want to.
Actually I was referring to him using the keg as a boil kettle. You are correct if used as the OP mentioned as a fermenter.
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Check out brewershardware.com ... they have an adapter for converting a keg into a fermenter.

As for stem removal, post some pics ... once we know the type, we can help.

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There are three ways to accomplish what you want.

1) The brewershardware.com kit is one of them, though pricey.

2) You can heat up a plain old orange carboy cap and stretch it over the lip and use an airlock.

3) Use a modified keg coupler. Replace the beer out hose barb with one of these from Midwest Brewing. You also have to remove the backflow preventing little ball and the Gas check valve plastic piece to make all this work properly. Super easy, though.



You can then make your coupler into a "spund" valve. Which can release pressure as your yeasties do their work. Or, some people like to ferment under pressure and carb naturally. Either way, you can push the fermented beer out with CO2. Here's mine, although Midwest now makes this even simpler by selling a FFL x NPT fitting instead of the FFL x FFL in this version.

It's a great way to ferment. Oxyclean easily gets the sanke clean for the next brew.


Check out THIS THREAD for more information

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There are three ways to accomplish what you want.

1) The brewershardware.com kit is one of them, though pricey.

2) You can heat up a plain old orange carboy cap and stretch it over the lip and use an airlock.

3) Use a modified keg coupler. Replace the beer out hose barb with one of these from Midwest Brewing. You also have to remove the backflow preventing little ball and the Gas check valve plastic piece to make all this work properly. Super easy, though.

...
And the fourth option:

A #11 drilled stopper with an airlock... Been using one for about a year now...

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onthekeg, thanks for the link. I was really beginning to question my abilities. Who the hell would invent something like that? Its no wonder I hate Miller!
Jaunmoore, I want the drain to be above the level of the yeast cruface, to transfer the clear beer to secondary carboys or kegs. Wouldn't cleaning and sanitizing remove concerns about contamination? Thanks for all the help.

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And the fourth option:

A #11 drilled stopper with an airlock... Been using one for about a year now...

So brilliant it didn't cross my mind.
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So brilliant it didn't cross my mind.
Well, let's not go that far... I ain't exactly the smartest peanut in the turd...

How are you going to install and secure a drain on a Sanke with only the spear hole?

Not to say it can't be done, but honestly, the easiest approach is one of the previously listed options...

Personally, I ferment, rack off with an autosiphon, rinse out, fill with Oxyclean and water, invert it with a solid #11 stopper... After a few days, drain, and rinse well... When using it the next time, rinse again, put 1 gallon of Star San mix in, put in the stopper and shake the crap out of it to coat all the surfaces....

Knock on wood, no issues so far...
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