Keggle cutting/ cleanup - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks > Keggle cutting/ cleanup

Thread Tools
Old 04-23-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
Jan 2009
Ames, Iowa
Posts: 268
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts

Last night I cut the top of my new keggle and noticed that I have several little barbs along the cut. What/ how are you guys cleaning up the rough edges? Drinking SS shards doesn’t sound so good.
Torrent Brewing Company

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
Ohio-Ed's Avatar
Nov 2008
Posts: 2,067
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts

Depending on what you have available to you...
Grinder / file, then sand paper. You should get rid of the burr then the edge should be rounded.
I got a pretty clean cut on mine so it wasn't a whole lot of work but I worked the edges until I was confident I could rub my hand on the edge without a scratch.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 12:29 PM   #3
big beers turn my gears
beerthirty's Avatar
May 2008
Podunk, VA. Not far from the NC line.
Posts: 2,589
Liked 32 Times on 14 Posts

Never use a steel tool on SS, it promotes rust. An aluminum oxide grinding stone then a sanding sponge will do the job quite well.
Originally Posted by the_bird View Post
"I've got a fever... and the only prescription is, MORE CARBOYS!"
primary- Tangerine Dream, SWMBO slayer,
serving- amber ale hop experiment #6, Roggenbier, apfelwine
planning- Cru?
conditioning- 9/9/09 barleywine
Drink water?... Never, fish fornicate in it.--- W.C. Fields
Most problems can be solved with the proper application of force.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #4
Beerrific's Avatar
Mar 2007
Posts: 5,562
Liked 54 Times on 46 Posts

A Dremel with one of the sanding wheels worked very well for me.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 12:53 PM   #5
Aug 2009
Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,509
Liked 34 Times on 34 Posts

I used a dremel with a grinding wheel...worked great.
Itchy Dog Brewery.

(As of 10-24-2011)
Primary - Steppe 112 PA, 2x Monday RyePA
Aging - None :-(
On tap - Big Dog, Apfelwein, Steppe 112 PA

My invisible AG sculpture, with no actual sculpture and a tiny footprint.
My Kegerator goes offroading!
My Coors Home Draft dispenser for boating/beering on the go.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
Jul 2009
Posts: 60

highest grit flap disc you can find. something like this$y=0$x=0

Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #7
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
passedpawn's Avatar
Apr 2009
☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 26,276
Liked 6899 Times on 4081 Posts

Originally Posted by kezgin View Post
highest grit flap disc you can find. something like this$y=0$x=0
Flap disc for me. I've used a deburring tool also, but the hardened steel used in those things might be a problem with SS (although I used it on every 3/4" hole I've drilled and have yet to have any rust).
- Andrew

Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 12:44 AM   #8
Nov 2009
Posts: 1,081
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts

A file isn't that bad of an idea. The file is more hard then the SS is. It isn't going to leave behind much if anything to really worry about. Your not going to weld or heat up this area. A carbide would be a better choice, but not really the tool for the job. Plus, if you follow up with some sand paper for a final dressing on the should be good to go.

I like to use a flapper wheel. I have a couple different grits just for my SS. In this case, yes. Don't use a flapper on your SS that has been used on mild steel. I like a 120 grit flapper for the final pass.

Happy Brewing.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 03:38 AM   #9
Feb 2006
small island paradise, the lost atoll
Posts: 3,500
Liked 25 Times on 25 Posts

Carbide slitting cutter in the Bridgeport mill for perfect cuts needing a slight deburing job to break the sharp edges. Plan "B" fill the keg 90% with water and walk around the top with a Plasma cutter with a centering jig with a tight fit in the spear hole then dress.
Bier Jagdwaffe... Bier 30 zeit.....~~=o&o>..........

Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 04:54 AM   #10
Scut_Monkey's Avatar
Jan 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,656
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts

I used just a plain file and followed it up with some sand paper to smooth it out. You don't need special tools as everyone would have you think.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
when cutting a keg for a keggle.... Djlunchbox Equipment/Sanitation 17 01-29-2010 12:15 AM
Keggle Cutting... Anthony_Lopez Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 15 10-28-2008 02:36 AM
Keggle Cutting MagicTrix Equipment/Sanitation 7 03-27-2008 01:52 PM
Cutting a Keggle jcb317 Equipment/Sanitation 20 12-17-2007 06:28 PM
Keggle Cutting The Pol Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 42 06-08-2007 02:24 PM

Forum Jump