Long story not so short...., I finally got around to converting a 1/2 barrel sanke to a HLT for my burgeoning brewery.
I went to harbor freight and picked up cheap angle grinder that was on sale for 9.95 to cut the top off. I tried to create one of the various jigs I have seen on HBT but alas could not figure it out and just free handed it. Luckily the guard of the grinder fit up against the rim of the keg and made it easy. And my god, how much fun was that? Sparks flying left n right
I kinda want to find something else to cut apart now muhahaha
I then used a step bit (also from harbor freight) to make 2 holes for the drain and a sight glass.
At this point I wasn't sure if I wanted weldless fittings that I can put together myself, or try and find someone who can weld. While my keg sat neglected in the garage I happened to stumble across this thread:
and I saw this weld:
and quickly sent a PM.
Turns out, Craig (GreenMonti) is somewhat local to me and agreed to do some welding for me. I dropped the keg of yesterday and should have it by this weekend. He brought a sample weld with him (the one pictured above) and it looked even better in person.
I know I know, this is kind of a worthless thread without pics of my keggle but I am just excited with anticipation. I will update it with pictures of it as soon as I pick it up.
HBT is such a great resource, without this website, its great members, and support...I don't think my keggle ever would have gotten off the ground.
Thanks again Craig...
Now, I just gotta find some time to brew.....