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Old 09-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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Just finished cutting the top off of my keg. Not all that pretty, but it will work.

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I'm planning on getting my fittings by the end of this month and hopefully doing my first all grain batch by October.


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Old 09-18-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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what do you plan on mashing in?



 
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:02 AM   #3
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You and I are in the same boat! Just cut my keggle this weekend (no pictures, but yours looks better).... Used a sawzall and got a few neighbors attentions lol.... Fittings on order and mashtun in a cooler is my next step.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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Congrats... it was 6 months of collecting before I managed to get to a comfortable AG setup. Give it a go with the minimum equipment you can get your hands on. You'll soon figure out what those critical pieces are. After Mashtun + HLT(Cooler, drain kit, falsebottom), and larger Burner (I sprung for the Blichmann), a large boil Kettle (you have with the keg), and a chiller of some sort. Later on you'll want.... keg drain kit, drain screen (I've done some whole hops). I decided to go straight to 10gal because the upgrade from 5-10 was really minimal compared to other sizes. But just realize that when you do this... you need twice the fermentation space and storage (bottles or Kegs) for 1 batch.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #5
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I plan on mashing in this keg. Just ordered everything I needed from bargainfittings (1/2in bulkhead, thermometer, bazooka screen, etc...). I'm then planning on making a cover with reflectix radiant barrier to hold the mash temps. Saw some posts on here that made it seem pretty promising.

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I know about the neighbor thing, I'm currently working the night shift so I'm getting home at about 6ish. I was somewhat respectful and waited till 8 to start up my angle grinder, but man it was loud.

I thought about using a cooler for my mash tun cause it will hold temps well, but since this hobby has taken over my life, I wanted room for expansion. I'm definately intrigued by doing a HERMS or RIMS setup with three keggles and moving to 10 gal batches.

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I have this weekends brewday, which will be a partial mash, then I'm planning on doing a AG in October. Hopefully soon enough to get a Christmas ale in. I currently have an 8 gal boil kettle so I'm going to stick with 5 gal batches till I can get another keg. After that happens I will work on the HLT. This was my way of getting into AG and having the ability to upgrade batch sizes.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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NCGrayson

I plan on mashing in this keg. Just ordered everything I needed from bargainfittings (1/2in bulkhead, thermometer, bazooka screen, etc...). I'm then planning on making a cover with reflectix radiant barrier to hold the mash temps. Saw some posts on here that made it seem pretty promising.
I recommend that you drill the hole for the bulkhead to bazooka screen lower than usual, the bazooka screen works well in a cooler with a flat bottom but he concave bottom of a sanke keg will leave a lot of dead space, try to get the bazooka screen as low as possible
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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The first hole went great, but the second one was a pain in [email protected]

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You are definitely right about the bazooka filter. I'm on my way to home depot now to make a false bottom. Hoping to do AG tonight if this thing holds water.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #8
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You probably know this already, but most often when drilling stainless becomes a major pain it is because you are allowing the metal to become too hot, which hardens the steel, making the remaining drilling extremely difficult. Go slow (slow to medium speed) and use constant pressure on the bit and lots of cutting oil (3-1 oil works too). Take a break after each couple of 'steps' on the bit, or when you see more than a trace of smoke coming from the hole. If you ever see the bit or the edges of the hole start to get red, you've gone too far. Stop immediately and let it cool down.

I learned that lesson the hard way the first time I drilled a SS pot. Since then the above approach has made it a breeze.

I just thought I'd mention it for others that have not yet drilled a stainless vessel.

Your keg is looking great. Have fun with the migration to all grain! You'll love it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:48 PM   #9
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Yeah i was slowly getting that going slow was better on the second hole. I would take a water break when it started smoking.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #10
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Well after about an hour of tinkering and an ungodly amount if plumbers tape I was finally able to stop all of the leaks. Held 15 gallons of water for about 20 minutes, i think it should be good. Now off to get my grain and home depot to make my false bottom.

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