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Old 02-11-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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why does everyone want to convert kegs into brew kettles? it seems expensive and you could just easily buy one of these

http://www.hotelrestaurantsupply.com/WNC-SST-60.html
60 qt SS stock pot for $120 bucks.. heck you can even get aluminum ones cheaper for just a HLT.

maybe its a dumb question... if so i'm sorry,lol


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Old 02-11-2012, 04:15 AM   #2
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Expensive? Mine was free.. Cut hole in top. Profit.


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Old 02-11-2012, 04:17 AM   #3
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Personal preference. I enjoyed the hell out if building mine, a keg holds 15.5 gallons of wort, I can now do 10 gallon batches. Only cost about $160 to build a stainless BK with 3 piece valve, stainless dip tube/stainless compression fitting, and sight glass.

All in all, I thought it was a pretty sweet deal. Took a little time to shine it up, but well worth it as far as im concerned. I dont think that you can come close to that price with a 15 gallon SS kitchen kettle with all the fittings listed above for that price, but I could be wrong...

I paid 60 bucks for my keg (few and far between around here, so pretty reasonable in my eyes)
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:17 AM   #4
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My keg was $20, taller than wide, looks cool, can take a beating, easily replaceable.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:21 AM   #5
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why does everyone want to convert kegs into brew kettles? it seems expensive and you could just easily buy one of these

http://www.hotelrestaurantsupply.com/WNC-SST-60.html
60 qt SS stock pot for $120 bucks.. heck you can even get aluminum ones cheaper for just a HLT.

maybe its a dumb question... if so i'm sorry,lol
$120.00 is a lot of money! I have about $50.00 into my keggle which has a DIY filtered pick up tube. I don't have a sight glass or thermostat intalled yet, but even when I do it still won't cost me that much... Plus like mccumath said it was fun as hell to build. I think what it boils down to is some people love DIY and some people don't!
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:22 AM   #6
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My keg was $20, taller than wide, looks cool, can take a beating, easily replaceable.
i cant find a cheap keg to save my life! i see prices online upwards of $140 not even a hole cut in the top!... i don't know how you guys find these deals. i could see $20 being worth the effort.
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i cant find a cheap keg to save my life! i see prices online upwards of $140 not even a hole cut in the top!... i don't know how you guys find these deals. i could see $20 being worth the effort.
Specs sold me mine as "damaged goods" for $30.00
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I am going to have less than 40 in mine complete with plumbing. Thanks to friends with skills and collections of tools and hardware
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Scrap yard deal for me. $22 each…
bought 2, cut a hole in the top, cost is still $22.
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Scrap yard deal for me. $22 each…
bought 2, cut a hole in the top, cost is still $22.
i must just live in a crappy area. ill keep looking though


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