Using a half barrel keg as a brew kettle - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Using a half barrel keg as a brew kettle

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-18-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
thrstyunderwater
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Logan, UT
Posts: 431
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



I'm pretty interested in giving this a go. Here are my questions:

1. Is there an honest way to get an empty keg, or do you just go put down a deposit and then never go back and get it?

2. Who does this, what are the ups and downs? It seems that a keg is a bit taller than a kettle bought to boil with.

3. What types of alterations does it take? How hard are they to do?

4. What's it going to cost in the end to have a functioning kettle from a keg. Pretend it was 50 bucks for a deposit.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
eriktlupus
 
eriktlupus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Cereal City, USA
Posts: 2,618
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


looking where your at it might be easier to talk to a local brewer and see if they have a leaker that they are willing to sell you.

after aquisition your looking at getting the top cut off either by a plasma cutter at a metal shop or by using a die grinder/cut-off tool at home.

then most drill a hole in the side about 2" above the bottom to install a draining spigot since 10g of fresh wort is very heavy(80Lbs or so) and would be pain to tippy into a fermenter. these are sold at most online shops as weldless fittings
__________________
primary1 :UTOPIA BABY(still searching for it)
secondary:middling bastard ipa
kegged:simcoe blonde, crystal pale ale, yellow jacket golden ale, lemon shandy blonde
DRINKIN DAWG BREWERY
LET'S GO RED WINGS


join michigan mashers here

extraction calculator
grains in pounds(G) X 36(average points per gallon of grains) / batch size in gallons(g) = maximum efficiency(ME)
OG / ME = brewhouse efficiency

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
thrstyunderwater
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Logan, UT
Posts: 431
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Don't some folks also purge and spathe with them?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Full dimensions of a half-barrel keg? tspilker Kegerators & Keezers 2 10-27-2009 05:37 AM
Indoor safe Half Barrel Brew systems, lets see what you've got! Rad-Rabbit Equipment/Sanitation 13 01-27-2009 09:54 PM
Half Barrel Fermenters? Anyone have pics? madewithchicken Equipment/Sanitation 19 12-21-2008 07:43 PM
Is this a decent price for half barrel brew kettle? Shonuff Equipment/Sanitation 2 12-07-2008 11:18 PM
transplanting from half barrel wine pots Brewhog Hops Growing 2 07-01-2008 01:16 PM


Forum Jump