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Old 01-25-2010, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default Converting to welded couplers on keggle

I decided to switch from my weldless fittings on my keggles to welded 1/2" stainless steel couplers. Initially, I had one weldless fitting on both kegs. When I moved to welded couplers, I decided to add one more coupler close to the top of each keg for a return.
I have QDs from McMaster that will be screwed into the couplers so changing hoses will be quick and easy when using my new march pump.

I enlisted GreenMonti to do the welding after seeing his welding skills in Welding questions. He also drilled the new holes (as I don't have tools at my apartment) and plasma cut the top off of a third keg I am having him convert. The top will then have washers welded onto it so it can be used as a lid on the HLT.
Here are a few of the first pictures of the kegs:





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Old 01-25-2010, 01:59 AM   #2
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more pictures will be added as they are recieved

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Old 01-25-2010, 02:29 AM   #3
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Very nice...

You're fortunate to be geographically located such that GreenMonti can do your welding.

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Yea I am definitely happy he was close enough to make a trip to drop off the kegs.

Here are a few more photos:
Washer welded on the plasma cut lid


Bottom view of the washer. No burn through.


Lid on the keg. Dip tube used as handle.
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That looks like nice work.
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Yea....they are alright I guess....don't tell the welder I said anything tho haha

Here are some of the finished up pictures:

Right after the weld


Hardly any discoloration on the inside:


Cleaned up outside weld








Inside view of both welded couplers:
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Welded by an artisian! All I can say is WOW!
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What did you use to clean up those outside welds?
They look real nice cleaned up.

I just got my keg welded up and the welds are real dark and need some help.
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Yea....they are alright I guess....don't tell the welder I said anything tho haha
I think it's pretty clear that the welder should be ashamed of such work and move down here to Austin to hide his shame...I'm sure I can find a few pieces to practice on before going back to WA.

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What did you use to clean up those outside welds?
They look real nice cleaned up.

I just got my keg welded up and the welds are real dark and need some help.
I didn't do those welds but I have seen plenty of GreenMonti's work on here.
I'd be willing to bet he used a hand held, stainless steel, wire brush while the material was still hot. If done properly, that's all that's needed, and he does OUTSTANDING work.

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