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Old 12-29-2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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So I have limited space and limited desired quantity (5 gal batch max). I have a 15.5 keg that I received legally.

I was wondering if there would be any drawbacks from just cutting the keg around the circumference at the 8 gal mark. (enough boiling clearance for a 5 gal batch even with 90 min boils)

Cons
  • No handles but I can't see a reason for them anyways. If I want to add them later it is pretty simple (http://www.northchautauquahomebrewer...keg/hsbrew.htm).
  • Can't brew 10 gal batches (I don't have the fermenting/storage room for multiple carboys and would have to upgrade mash tun)
Pros
  • Takes less room to store (live in a condo)
  • Seems much easier to cut than building a jig
  • Less material to heat up
  • Easier to clean inside without normal keggle lip


I always appreciate some feedback before I go cut something up.

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:44 AM   #2
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I would see if anyone wanted to trade you a 8 gallon brew kettle for that instead. I know if I had a brew pot and wanted a keg i would do the trade! Kegs are somewhat hard to find in some areas for some people.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:07 AM   #3
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It would be better to cut it at the top skirt weld rather than the 8 gallon mark. I consider 10 gallons the minimum for an all grain 6 gallon batch.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:40 AM   #4
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I am open to trading but someone would need to be close to San Diego because shipping the keg seems to defeat the purpose.

So BobbyM you think I should cut it around the 13.5 gal mark according to this pic (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...hp?photo=29194). What is your reasoning here?

Thanks for the comments.

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:49 AM   #5
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There's no real detriment to having a larger pot. A smaller pot is prone to boil overs. You can take metal away, but adding isn't so easy.
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You will have NO problem getting a good price for that keg around San Diego. You could probably trade for a march pump, then get yourself a good turkey fryer kit with an 8 gal kettle......

If you ever upgrade from there, you'll always have a use for the 8 gal kettle, but a chopped up keg loses it's resale value pretty quickly

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:08 PM   #7
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[*]No handles but I can't see a reason for them anyways. If I want to add them later it is pretty simple (http://www.northchautauquahomebrewer...keg/hsbrew.htm).
I really think handles make life much easier when moving 6+ gallons around.

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[*]Can't brew 10 gal batches (I don't have the fermenting/storage room for multiple carboys and would have to upgrade mash tun)
I used to think there was no way I'd ever want to brew more than a 5 gallon batch, but after only 2 brew sessions with my keggle, I'm already antsy to upgrade my mash tun so I can .

I've still only done 5.5 gallon batches, but I love love love the extra room and lack of boil overs!

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[*]Takes less room to store (live in a condo)
Use it to store stuff in.

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[*]Seems much easier to cut than building a jig
I cut mine with a dremel. I used a wire with a pen on one end and attached the other end to the center of the keg to draw a perfect circle as a guide. Really easy!!!

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[*]Less material to heat up
I don't think having more metal above the wort level will make much difference in heating time... might alter boil off rates maybe.

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[*]Easier to clean inside without normal keggle lip
If you use a dremel, you can get really close to the edge and this lip would be minimal. I have a lip on mine because I made the hole the same size as an existing stainless lid from my other pot. (I'm currently using it to ferment in using that lid.)


 
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If you use a dremel, you can get really close to the edge and this lip would be minimal. I have a lip on mine because I made the hole the same size as an existing stainless lid from my other pot. (I'm currently using it to ferment in using that lid.)

+1 to all the above, and especially to this point. If you don't make the hole too big, keeping it around 10", you will be able to take a regular stockpot lid and fit it in the top of the keg with a good seal. You can then use this for a fermenter later on down the road!

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm currently building a cabinet to keep all my brewing equipment. So if it will fit the keggle full size then I will keep it as large as possible.

Do you guys have any good suggestions for trying to trade the keg for a kettle? (craigslist?)

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:57 PM   #10
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Do you guys have any good suggestions for trying to trade the keg for a kettle? (craigslist?)
Post it here on HBT...

 
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