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Old 11-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #11
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I mostly use it to boil, not to win beauty contests
I don't enter mine into contests, but I do like a uniform cut. Easier to get a lid on there, that seals up nicely (until you get to the boil). I also use one as a mash tun, where you don't want heat loss from a bad cut that leaks heat.


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Old 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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Fair enough. I started using agrinder but it was taking too long so I grabbed the sawzall and in no time it was done


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Old 11-18-2012, 10:33 PM   #13
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I went with the Dremel and metal cutting disk. I used 10 disk. Came out pretty good. I'll see if I can post a picture.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #14
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Cap'n, that's some ugly junk.

This jig is really easy to make, for use with a angle grinder, make perfect circles: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ng-jig-143048/

And Bobby_M's video for removing spear and the grinding process:

http://youtu.be/LthGdMk_avk
And, if you find someone with a plasma cutter, here's a vid from Yuri Rage,

http://youtu.be/_reRMz7YHic
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #15
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:55 PM   #16
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Yep I used a plasma cutter for mine. Zip bang done!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:34 AM   #17
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Ugly? Junk? Why is anybody busting on my keggle? I'm just trying to help by sharing my experience. I tried a few things and shared what worked best for me. Not everyone has the time or means to rig a jig or make a perfect circle with an angle grinder nor does everybody have access to a plasma cutter. But every self respecting man has a sawzall so I thought my comments would be useful. I happen to like my keggle very much as well as the award winning beers (see Zymurgy mag nov/dec pg 56 middle column, about 3/5 of the way down) that come out of that ugly junk.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:36 AM   #18
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Wait a minute. That is the beer talking. If I had the patience and ability I would have a gorgeous keggle like you guys but I don't and I won't do I think I'll just get on with my life with my ugly keggle and my subpar homebrew
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:39 AM   #19
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Wait, that was the beer again. Honestly to each his/ her own. And like I always say" any job, big or small, is worth doing well, or not at all." Bravo on you pretty keggles I am humbled by your dedication to aesthetics and your pride in perfect curcuity.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #20
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Wait, that was the beer again. Honestly to each his/ her own. And like I always say" any job, big or small, is worth doing well, or not at all." Bravo on you pretty keggles I am humbled by your dedication to aesthetics and your pride in perfect curcuity.
I'm guessing you knew the cutout in your keggle was not perfectly round. I'm also guessing that you knew you could grind/cut/sand to make it more round if you chose to put in the time. Your keggle works for you... that's what counts.
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