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Old 05-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Want my keggle openings larger

So when I built my keggle and HLT, I cut the holes of the top using my kitchen pot lids as a template. Now that I've gone all-grain, I unfortunately didn't have the foresight that I would be drilling holes in these lids to attached a sparge arm, return valves, etc. So I bought some SS lids at www.foodservicewarehouse.com (< $10 for stainless!) and they are a tad larger than my openings. What is the best way to bore out the openings? Angle grinder and patience?

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Angle grinder and patience?
Yep.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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I just got done doing the same thing. I received a keggle that already had a hole in the top but it was a little smaller than my immersion chiller. With a lot of patience I was able to use an angle grinder to make a hole that was bigger and even cleaner than the one that was there originally. Good Luck!

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. omockler - what grinding discs did you use?

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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If you have a jigsaw it will make your life much easier than an angle grinder. I just cut my opening in under 10 minutes, and that includes smoothing out the opening.
The metal blades are cheap and I only needed 2.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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I used a die grinder (big dremel) with tungsten carbide bits in order to make mine larger.

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Old 05-08-2012, 01:05 AM   #7
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Stop by a welding supply place and pick up a flap disk for about $15. Very easy to enlarge an existing hole. I used a 60 grit on the keggles I put together.

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:11 AM   #8
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I'd use one of these, though I'd pick it up at the local home improvement store.
http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW8309-.../dp/B000BQO76Q

Will make short work of enlarging that hole.

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:30 AM   #9
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If you've got 3, maybe rent a plasma cutter?
Bottom-of-the-line 20amp unit would make short work of it.
And, if you're looking to build a stand, you can make all your cuts with it.
Local equipment rental shop here charges $75/day.

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I'm lost. Cutting a hole with a cutoff blade on an angle grinder takes like 5 minutes tops. Wear proper gloves and eye protection and do it while your sober. Need perfect holes for lids? Why do you need lids?

Correct me if I'm wrong. Your HLT doesn't need one and might be startifying heat if you arent stirring it somehow. The MLT makes sense if you aren't running a rims/herms. The BK supposedly boils off some things you dont want dripping back into your beer (diacetyl precursors?).

Whats the point of a lid besides for BIAB and rain/debris?

I'm not trying to dissuade you from using lids and cutting perfect holes, I'm just bringing up what I see as possible negative outcomes from using them.

Cheers and good luck. Be careful with angle grinders.

Plasma cutters sound precise but they often result is a very messy job.

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