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Old 03-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Upside down keggle conversion

I havent seen pics of how people cut the bottom out of the keg. i know people make jigs to pivot in the hole of the keg. well in the bottom of the keg, there is no hole of course. so here are a few pics how how i did it. i know my pics are crap. They were taken on a cheap prepaid straighttalk phone..





I simply drilled a hole in the center, put together some 2x4s put a screwdriver in as my pivit point and away i went. Each keg took about 8-10 mins to cut if that.





i think i may have to use someones idea of making a false bottom of the cutout.




bottom drain setup tested and no leaks! someday ill upgrade to SS ballvalves. I really dont care for now though. Im more for function than form


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Old 03-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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FYI kegs are pretty easy to cut freehand as long as you draw a nice line and take your time. If you are cutting a whole bunch of them a jig is nice.


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Old 03-14-2012, 12:10 AM   #3
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Very Nice Sir. I have been using a design like that for a couple years and man is it nice. I use a 12" false bottom and can fill it with about 40#. Think the most was 38# and could go more. I just upgraded today actually to a Blichmann 20 gal Boilmaker. It also is very nice. I can start doing 15 gal batches outta that mash tun.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:46 PM   #4
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FYI kegs are pretty easy to cut freehand as long as you draw a nice line and take your time. If you are cutting a whole bunch of them a jig is nice.
i know my hands are not steady enough to do that freehand. and it took about a total of 10 mins to think up the jig and make it. so i felt it was just easier to do that.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:59 PM   #5
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so this is for a mash tun? How is it heated?
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actually this is the beginning of a e herms system. this will be my HLT and BK for now. ill be using a 10 gallon cooler as my mash tun until that wears out
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OK it's a HLT. How you you heat it? I like the drain but will that work with direct fire. BTW the pics look fine.
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OK it's a HLT. How you you heat it? I like the drain but will that work with direct fire. BTW the pics look fine.
ill be placing heating elements through the side. i would not use that on direct fire, there is a silicone gasket that would likely melt
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OK it's a HLT. How you you heat it? I like the drain but will that work with direct fire. BTW the pics look fine.
It is an electric system. No direct fire from underneath.
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ok electric very cool


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