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Old 04-24-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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I just got 3 of these kegs today. I was thinking about converting them into fermenters. I know the bottom caps come off and the bottom is rounded like the all steel ones, but without a base to keep them.
I was wondering if anyone knew if the top cap is the same way, or if there are actual metal handles inside the rubber cap. I don't really want to rip it off and find out that it's like the bottom.
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Old 04-25-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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You cut a hole in the top and use them for boil pots, MLTs, HLTs?

I guess you could do fermentation in one as well.

 
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:22 AM   #3
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They won't work as boil kettlese because of the rounded base when the rubber cap is removed.
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:24 AM   #4
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Could you pound it into a flatter bottom?

 
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:26 AM   #5
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Aha, did not realize that the bottom and top were rounded. Beats me.

 
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:28 AM   #6
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If the stem housing has a snap ring you can remove the stem assy and use it as a fermenter. You can clean them like any carboy with PBW or cascade dishwasher detergent and very hot water and long carboy brush. Rinse real well upside down with hot water. I made a copper tube wand for my hose nozzle and suspended the keg in the air to be able to rinse it upside down. You will have to rig a blowoff hose for it. I made a plastic piece that fits where the stem went and put the snap ring back to hold it. A threaded barb is threaded into this plastic piece. Don't put more than 12 gallons in there or it will come out the blowoff. I put mine in the fridge or at least put it in a party bucket with water in it and add ice as necessary to maintain 65F.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:29 AM   #7
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If you have a little welding knowledge the round bottoms poses no problem. Those kegs would make a nice clean looking set up naked. ( with out the rubber tops and bottoms)
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:32 AM   #8
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If you are going to ferment in them, why would you need to remove the rubber?
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:10 AM   #9
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Well I wanted to convert them into kettles at first, but then figured they might be easier to use as fermenters. I was thinking about cutting the tops and making a sealing lid for a fermenter. If I did that the rubber top would have to come off. But I don't want to lose the handles. I'm just trying to get an idea of what these could be used best as.
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:25 AM   #10
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I think you were correct in your thinking. Use them as a fermenter. See my earlier post about how I use them. WBC
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