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Old 11-13-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default What to do with a damaged 3 gallon keg?

I'm currently in the process of upgrading my brewery and while doing so I bought some kegs from a buddy and he threw in a 3 gallon keg that can't be used for storing beer or fermenting because someone along the line welded part of the bottom.
So my question to you guys is what should I do with it, I'm not set on what type of rig i'm going with yet but it will be 10 gallons, two pumps, and a single tier. So maybe a 3 gallon eHerms HEX




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Old 11-13-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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If you weren't so far away I'd offer you something for it. I cut the tops off and make 30 gallon fermenters out of them. I can only use the single handle ones like what you have.





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Old 11-13-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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your pool filter vessels are awesome, wish I had a tig.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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Why can't you use it for beer? Will it not hold pressure?
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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Store Starsan in it. Mixed with distilled water it will keep a long while. I use a basketball pump to pressurize mine.
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Why can't you use it for beer? Will it not hold pressure?
The weld on the inside probably has sugaring which would be really difficult to grind off inside a keg.
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I second the star San. I use a 5 gal keg for storing star San but it's not very convinient because of the size.
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Unless it was welded from the inside a good cleaning maybe a wire brushing and it probably would be ok.
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It was welded from the outside and the inside of the weld has splatter and small divots everywhere that whatever yeast from the first beer i put in there will settle and contaminate the second, in theory.

Starsan keg is a good idea but I usually have whatever the last 5 gal I cleaned full of starsan.

I'm really leaning towards an independent eHERMS HEX. Small, portable, efficient, relatively inexpensive.
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That could be a great hop back, fill it full of whole cone hops, drain your wort through the dip tube side and collect it out of the gas side. Or put two weld less fitting on it, one on the bottom for the in-side, one on the top for the out.


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