Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Welder needed for Keg Conversion in Eastern PA, tri state area

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-12-2009, 06:56 PM   #1
BucksPA
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Bucks, PA
Posts: 443
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default Welder needed for Keg Conversion in Eastern PA, tri state area

Hello fellows,

I just scored 3 domestic kegs from my buddy who is a beer wholesaler for Miller. He got them from free and passed them along to me for free. Sweet. I'm still working on a design, but am leaning towards a Herms over gravity system.

I may be posting in the wrong forum here, but am wondering if there are any welders in eastern pa (bucks county) or new jersey who can help me out. I haven't converted a keg before, so someone with experience in converting kegs to boil kettles, mash tuns, and HLT's would be an additional help.

Please let me know. Can't wait to get this project started and stop brewing extract!

cheers,

jeff

__________________
BucksPA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 02:20 AM   #2
doggage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Posts: 563
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Check out welding shops if all else fails. Offer homebrew. This has worked wonders for me.

__________________
doggage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 02:34 AM   #3
ubermick
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Rafael, California
Posts: 989
Liked 22 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

You technically don't need to weld.

Step one: Check out Bobby M's outstanding "cutting the top off a keg" video:


Step two: Order up your fittings from Bargain Fittings. Wait a couple of days before the mailman brings 'em to your door (won't take long, Wayne's QUICK!)

Step three: Snag a step bit to drill 11/16" holes where you want your fittings to go, and screw 'em in.

Only tools you need are an angle grinder, a drill, and a step bit. Easy peasy, Japanesey!

Also have a look at this fine wee step by step guide - http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=31646
ubermick is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 02:47 AM   #4
GreenMonti
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,014
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I will agree that is a nice video. I wonder why no one who does this ever tells people to remove the grinding spatter for the keg? There will be a collection of grinding spray all along the upper part of your keg. It is easy to get off using a NEW SS wire brush. But, howcome it is never referenced?

__________________
GreenMonti is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 03:03 AM   #5
BrewBeemer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: an island, inside an atoll
Posts: 3,504
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenMonti View Post
I will agree that is a nice video. I wonder why no one who does this ever tells people to remove the grinding spatter for the keg? There will be a collection of grinding spray all along the upper part of your keg. It is easy to get off using a NEW SS wire brush. But, howcome it is never referenced?
I fill my kegs with water all the way until past the top radius almost into the cut zone be it with a gringer or plasma cutter. Screw that extra cleaning labor make life easy on yourself.
__________________

Bier Jagdwaffe... Bier 30 zeit.....~~=o&o>..........

BrewBeemer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 04:16 AM   #6
doggage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Posts: 563
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

There was a recent thread on here with someone's easy alternative to using BobbyM's jig. Can't find it right now, but I'll keep looking.

__________________
doggage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 04:40 AM   #7
HighTide
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 5
Default

Im from bucks and you should check out http://www.aleiens.com/, i asked for a local welder and someone responded. check under gadgets in the forum

__________________
HighTide is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 06:41 AM   #8
ubermick
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Rafael, California
Posts: 989
Liked 22 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doggage View Post
There was a recent thread on here with someone's easy alternative to using BobbyM's jig. Can't find it right now, but I'll keep looking.
Not sure if this is it, but when I looked for Bobby's video on youtube searching for keggle cutting, this was actually the first hit:
2" pipe for the pivot, and using a bolt for the swingarm. A lot easier, and a lot more stable to boot, I'd think.
__________________
Hey look, a Brutus! | Hey look, a keezer! | Hey look, a milling station!
ubermick is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 04:00 PM   #9
GreenMonti
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,014
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ubermick View Post
Not sure if this is it, but when I looked for Bobby's video on youtube searching for keggle cutting, this was actually the first hit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUArSVSc_WI
2" pipe for the pivot, and using a bolt for the swingarm. A lot easier, and a lot more stable to boot, I'd think.

That's a nice way to do it. I am not too sure how many grinders have a threaded hole in the top like that. I know the guy was holding the camera to show how it works, good thing too. It shows a flaw at about 1:06 in. The bolt slips allowing the grinder to move in toward the pivot point. So, anyone using this idea should be sure to keep pressure on the backside of the bolt while holding the pivot point. Or change out the bolt to one with threads all along the shank so you can place a nut up against the pipe.

Just a thought.
__________________
GreenMonti is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-13-2009, 04:12 PM   #10
BucksPA
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Bucks, PA
Posts: 443
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by HighTide View Post
Im from bucks and you should check out http://www.aleiens.com/, i asked for a local welder and someone responded. check under gadgets in the forum
Thanks HighTide. This is what i need. I'll have to contact them to see what they charge. I've never heard of these weldless fittings before. Does anyone have any experience with these no-weld fittings? Do you like it, or would you rather had the fittings welded?

jeff
__________________
BucksPA 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
extract to grain conversion help needed Yunus Recipes/Ingredients 2 07-20-2009 02:57 PM
lme to dme conversion help needed Vgonman Extract Brewing 4 07-15-2009 03:50 AM
HBT Tri-State Area gathering Joe C New York HomeBrew Forum 3 07-02-2008 08:50 PM
Whats to do in eastern Va? Eastern Va Brewers speak up zac General Beer Discussion 9 05-31-2008 12:39 AM