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Old 06-24-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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I recently got a couple kegs, a couple of them will become keggles to use as HLT boil kettle etc. Some had a strange threaded dip tube system instead of the usual ring system, but that's another topic.

One of them is covered in rubber and looks similar to the one pictured except the one I have is a 1/2 bbl keg (15.5 gallons). What would you guys do with this? It does not feel like it has a SS skirt so cutting off the rubber would leave me with a fairly unusable keg. I'm thinking 15.5 gallon pressurized fermenter, but I wonder if I can control and monitor the temp well through the rubber exterior. Thoughts?
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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Ive seen a few where the rubber was cut off on the bottom to allow for heating, but the rest of the rubber was left on the remaining portion of the keg for insulation.

Not sure of results though.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #3
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Are you certain that isn't a plastic keg? They are getting more common.
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The one I have is too heavy to be plastic, and the place for the tap is all stainless steel, not flexible at all even when there is no pressure.

I would like to use it as a fermenter but I'm not sure if the insulation properties of the rubber would make it harder to cool the fermentation, and if so, how much I can remove before the top handles pop off. (If it is even removable, may be stuck on with really good glue)
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:50 PM   #5
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I just inherited a rubberized one as well and was wondering the same thing. I figured I could make it into a fermenter somehow but didn't think the rubber would hold up to the heat, even with it cut off the bottom.

 
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:52 PM   #6
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If it is a MBC rubber coated keg, then it is stainless under that rubber and probably not a plastic keg. I would use that for my MLT or HLT since it is already insulated for you. You are correct on the skirt, typically MBC rubberized kegs do not have stainless handles or bottom lips. you would have to remove the entire rubber bottom and probably a few inches of rubber up the side if you are going to apply heat. If you batch sparge, all you have to do is cut the top off and drill for a bulkhead and you're set.


 
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:56 AM   #7
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Keep it as a keg and use it for events.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:53 PM   #8
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Use it as an electric HLT, and get another one for your electric MLT. Time to install the 220 line

 
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:56 AM   #9
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Tried searching for 'rubber' and both 'keg' and 'MLT' are too short to search on. Has the topic been addressed on HBT before? Can anyone point me in the right direction?

 
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