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Old 07-13-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Found a "keg stool" on craig's list where a guy made a rotating stool mounted on top of a keg. I am wondering if this is the right style of keg to make into a keggle. The keggles I have seen have been more of a uniform cylinder.

http://iowacity.craigslist.org/fuo/3124967260.html
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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Found a "keg stool" on craig's list where a guy made a rotating stool mounted on top of a keg. I am wondering if this is the right style of keg to make into a keggle. The keggles I have seen have been more of a uniform cylinder.

http://iowacity.craigslist.org/fuo/3124967260.html
that will work and $25 is a bargain.

 
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:30 AM   #3
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It looks like the top will need to be cut out and I don't have the tools to do so. I was thinking of trying to find a local welding guy through the barter system of craig's list but I don't think I can pay him in homebrew.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:39 AM   #4
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i cut mine in 20 min with a 4 inch angle grinder, then went with weld-less fittings for a while, eventually got them welded which i recommend.

 
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I cut mine in 5 with an angle grinder and a homemade jig. Check the archives, there are a number of good designs posted on the forum.

 
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:21 PM   #6
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Here's how I did mine. No welding necessary and all parts available at the HW store and LHBS.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5606902...n/photostream/

I started with a 15.5gal Hoff-Stevens keg from the a defunct Carling brewery, but the concept is the same.

BTW, I really like the style for a BK better than a Sanke because the curved sides near the top make it a lot harder to boil over. The foam up from a boil just seams to curve back down into center of the boil without boiling over. I think the shape near flame helps too.

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One more question about this project. Just in case the keg is not fully empty, can this residual beer damage the ss interior given enough time and high temps of summer?
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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I really doubt it. The keg I got for my MLT had a sticker on it dated June '02, and it really looked like it had been sitting around outside for 10 years. The inside was completely clean, albeit horribly smelly from all the old beer.

 
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:03 PM   #9
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Whatever is leftover won't hurt anything. It's a coors keg btw.

Fwiw I find converted kegs heavy and a pain to clean ymmv.
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there are lots of tutorials on how to do this job but basically you: push the ball down with a screwdriver/nail to depressurize, get the retaining ring off, pull the spear out, dump the smelly contents, fill part way with water, grind the top off, sand the burrs off of the now super sharp edge, drill holes, install valves/diptube and you are done. i have a top tier stand and i lift the empty keg up/down from the top burner with no problem, i'm 5' 8" 160lb. at $25 you have yourself the next cheapest 15.5 gal kettle possible (obviously a free keg would have been cheaper) and it will be way more durable than a blichmann which might cave in if you sat on it's side like you will when you drill the holes in the keg.

 
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