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Old 03-29-2009, 03:09 AM   #1
Feb 2009
Chicago, IL
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I'm trying to move to all-grain on a budget and am thinking about picking up a cheap aluminum kettle. My only hesitation is whether I can later drill this to weld on a spigot, or a sightglass and thermometer if down the road it would be useful as an HLT. Since I don't know jack about metallurgy, I was hoping someone could shed some light on this for me. Thanks!

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Old 03-29-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but from what i've heard i think welding alum is a pain in the...
Also I think you would have to get aluminum couplings and what-not.

I would try like the devil to scrounge up a used keg for a keggle...
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:32 AM   #3
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You don't have to weld it(which would be a PITA trying to source the appropriate parts) just use a weldless fitting.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:34 AM   #4
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Aluminum+Weldless= Easy
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