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Old 12-28-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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Has anyone used an angle grinder to cut the top out of a keg to make a brew pot? If so, were you able to cut a fairly perfect circle?

 
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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Do a search on here. Many have made a rig to make a perfect circle while using an angle grinder.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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Yes perfect circle. I'll post a pic of the jig and of me cutting it. Just cut one tonight, and it was perfect!
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:30 AM   #4
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Yes, there are tons of "how to cut a keggle" threads:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gtsearch...297j2691345j14

Use a jig to cut a perfect circle, and don't try to cut all the way through all in one pass.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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This is the idea I used:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/one-...ottoms-233804/

work perfect!
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:42 AM   #6
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if you're doing electric, don't cut the top. cut the bottom and flip it over to get bottom drain

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:50 AM   #7
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I cut both of these with an angle grinder without a jig. I just measured 6 inches from the center and made some marks in pencil, filled them in to draw a circle and then cut. Like was mentioned, don't try to cut through in one pass. Go easy with it or you'll be going through alot of cutting discs. And make sure to get a flap disc to smooth out the edges.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #8
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Has anyone used an angle grinder to cut the top out of a keg to make a brew pot? If so, were you able to cut a fairly perfect circle?
As mentioned, alot of people have done it, do a search!

I did it without a jig, and got a perfect circle.

I used one of the angle grinders from Harbor Freight!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:10 PM   #9
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You can also make a 'jig' with a simple PVC 'T' fitting from your local hardware store. Believe it's 1-1/4" fitting that goes right into the opening where the valve was. Simply remove the valve, push the PVC T in the hole, then set the grinder against one of the other ends of the fitting and walk it around. If you can hold the grinder steady, you'll get a perfect circle.

Also, use cutting discs MADE for going through stainless steel. They'll be thin (about .042" or .045") and say they're made to cut stainless steel. NEVER use one that was previously used on regular steel.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:05 PM   #10
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I did these with a pneumatic cut off tool no jig, I used the guard on the tool against the rolled edge of the keg to go around. Just a tip, fill the keg with water before you cut it cause it makes it so much quieter.

 
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