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Old 11-20-2012, 03:28 AM   #51
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It will look a bit ghetto, but there's at least one lid that could work...


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Old 11-20-2012, 04:03 AM   #52
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Also, I just made a circle with a sharpie and went for it. My only regret is that I cut it out to about 14", and now I cant find a lid that'll fit it. Guess Ill have to make one.
Tack some SS washers to the "lid" you just removed


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Old 11-20-2012, 05:49 AM   #53
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Or pick up a 1-1/4" PVC T fitting and be done in seconds. Also damned cheap to get and easy to use.
Can you give a little more detail on how to utilize this? I'm having a hard time envisioning it. Thanks
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Can you give a little more detail on how to utilize this? I'm having a hard time envisioning it. Thanks
Remove the valve, and spear, from the keg. Slip the 90 degree segment from the 'T' into the hole that's where the valve went. Rest the grinder against either end of the 'T' so that the blade is away from you. Turn on tool and rotate around, letting the T (a fixed rotation point) guiding your circle.

I usually mark a line with a sharpie on the keg top before cutting. That way I have something to follow along with.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:08 AM   #55
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Thanks for the reply. I was trying to envision something secured to the grinder but a fixed rotation point makes sense. You could even slip on varying lengths of pvc to adjust the cut. This is super simple and cheap. I like it!
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I just adjust how the grinder rests against it to alter the cut. Even easier.

It did take a trip to Lowe's with one of the stoppers I was using in my keg fermenters to figure out what size T fitting to get. At least I only had to buy one, and not return it.
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Tack some SS washers to the "lid" you just removed
Actually I was thinking of making a false bottom out of it. decisions decisions...
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:40 AM   #58
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Actually I was thinking of making a false bottom out of it. decisions decisions...
I wouldn't... Too much work to adapt it into one. Plus, you'll have to fix the valve hole.

I use one from my BK as the cover for my mash tun keggle. I simply clamp a TC cap over the valve opening so it doesn't send heat right up it (and allow things to drop in).
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:58 AM   #59
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Here are some photos of mine, and a link to the cutting video. Angle grinder with a cutoff disk, a pvc 'T', two pieces of slotted angle and some zip ties made for a quick and effective cutting jig!

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