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Old 02-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default European Kegs... Good for keggles?

So I found a guy offloading a Guiness keg in my area and hes willing to part with it for $20. He warned me that it's a european keg and he mentioned it was aluminum (not stainless).

I haven't gone over to check it out yet, but does anyone know if these kegs are suitable for keggle conversions?


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Old 02-22-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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I have a Guinness keg I use for my MLT, I sure hope it's not aluminum. I have used it with 100,000 btu jet burners and so far so good.


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Old 02-22-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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I have a Guinness keg I use for my MLT, I sure hope it's not aluminum. I have used it with 100,000 btu jet burners and so far so good.
Why worry? A lot of people use aluminum pots for brewing, me included. No problems.
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Well I made the mistake early on using PBW on an aluminum pot and it showed signs of discoloration and surface pitting. My Guinness keg comes sparkling clean every time.
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Easy way to check if its stainless or aluminum - try sticking a magnet to it. If it sticks its stainless.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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oh no, not the magnet test debate again
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Easy way to check if its stainless or aluminum - try sticking a magnet to it. If it sticks its stainless.
No real debate to be had. Not all alloys of stainless are magnetic, so this won't work 100% of the time. But if it is magnetic then you know it isn't aluminum.

edit: To tell the difference, I would try to scratch the outside of it. Aluminum is a lot softer then stainless.
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No real debate to be had. Not all alloys of stainless are magnetic, so this won't work 100% of the time. But if it is magnetic then you know it isn't aluminum.

edit: To tell the difference, I would try to scratch the outside of it. Aluminum is a lot softer then stainless.
An easier test might be to weigh it. I think empty stainless kegs weigh about 30 lbs. Aluminum would be significantly lighter.
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If it is a Guinness keg there will be a stamp on the top, it will tell you if it is Al or stainless steel. My HLT is a Guinness keg, it would seem they hold the same volume as a north american keg but they are a little shorter. I would hazzard a geuss that it is stainless. I find the best test is the shower of sparks test. If you hit it with a grinder the stainless will give redish orange sparks. Aluminum will not. I will doubble check for that stamp tonight. Here is a link to spark testing. I use an angle grider to do this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_testing

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Old 02-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #10
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So i finally got ahold of the guy and turns out it is a stainless steel 50L keg, which should be more then big enough for doing some 10 gallon batches of beer. I'm picking the keg up tonight!

Next step: Figuring out how to cut the top off


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