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Old 03-04-2011, 03:57 AM   #1
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Is it possible to grind the names off kegs and polish them back to a smooth finish? I have an AB keg that I just converted for my MLT. I bought this keg from a scrapyard and it has some dings in it which don't really bother me. What bothers me is my nice new MLT advertises for Anheiser-Busch with the big EAGLE logo on it. I hate being an advocate for craft beers and then having one of my pieces of equipment pay homage to a beer I really hate. Just wondering if anyone has done this before polishing.


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Old 03-04-2011, 03:59 AM   #2
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I think those names are pressed into the steel...so grinding it off would make a hole in your keg


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Greenmonty did that if i recall correctly.

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I think those names are pressed into the steel...so grinding it off would make a hole in your keg
Ah. I had not noticed that until you said it. I was imagining a completely smooth polished kettle with no marks on it and now my dreams are ruined! Damn breweries and their stamping!
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Ah. I had not noticed that until you said it. I was imagining a completely smooth polished kettle with no marks on it and now my dreams are ruined! Damn breweries and their stamping!
how did greenmonti get the AB off of his keggle then?

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I saw where kegs.com refurbs them and can press out the stampings. Im sure they use a large hydraulic press, but I bet you could do it with a hammer and dolly for doing automotive bodywork. It will definetly take a while.
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Shoot him a PM. He is a really nice guy and I'm sure would be happy to tell you.
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I just went out and looked at my keggles. I am pretty sure I can just take my hand grinder with flapper disk and just grind down the raised lettering. i do not think that you will grind all the way through the keggle before the outside is smooth.

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Just cover the MLT with reflectix. Insulation and you cover the offending name.

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I think some kegs the imprint is very deep and might require you to grind away too much metal. However, most of the kegs I have you would be able to do it but it would be such a pain without some clever method or industrial tooling.


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