Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks > Cutting top off a Sanke keg using angle grinder
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-15-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
Desert Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 199
Default Cutting top off a Sanke keg using angle grinder

The start:



First grinding action -


Cutting round the top -


Half way done -


I know - no long pants or long shirt. Not sure I own any out here in the desert....
__________________
"Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence"

—General Jack D. Ripper
Desert Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2008, 09:57 PM   #2
Desert Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 199
Default

Some sparks -


Cleaning up the cut


Final Product -


Anyone need a top?
__________________
"Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence"

—General Jack D. Ripper
Desert Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
Desert Monkey
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 199
Default

Here's the grinder I used:


4.5 inch metal cutting blade
__________________
"Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence"

—General Jack D. Ripper
Desert Monkey is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2008, 10:42 PM   #4
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,746
Liked 46 Times on 40 Posts

Default

That all looks familiar.

I cut the top out of one today, too. Took longer than I thought. I had an old, half used wheel in my grinder, so the going was slow. Once I put a new wheel on, it went a lot quicker.

Keg was half full of rotten Miller. It smelled like pee and vodka when I was cutting.
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2008, 11:04 PM   #5
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,445
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 31

Default

I just cut mine last sunday...I thought for sure I was butchering the keg into something even Biermuncher would be ashamed of, but it came out pretty nice! I deviated from the line once or twice, but it was nothing my die-grinder and dremel couldn't fix. I've got several 12" lids that fit the hole perfectly, so I won't bother to fashion a lid from the cut-out top.

Pretty fancy breathing apparatus you used, that didn't occur to me. I wore shorts and short-sleeves too, but I did put on my long welding gloves and wore earplugs.

Now to find a local shop that will weld some couplers in. 10 gallon batches, here we come!

BlindLemonLars is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 12:04 AM   #6
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,746
Liked 46 Times on 40 Posts

Default

I'm just going with some bolt in connectors. Spigot, thermometer, sight glass, the whole works.

Is a 1/2" step drill big enough?
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 12:10 AM   #7
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 22,538
Liked 1207 Times on 793 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default

Man, get yourself a 1/16" thick cutting wheel for that thing ;-)
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
New 100% Stainless Steel Heating Elements are IN! ULWD 5500w Ripple, 2000w, 1500w, etc
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.
Bobby_M is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 12:43 AM   #8
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southwest
Posts: 14,063
Liked 656 Times on 415 Posts
Likes Given: 65

Default

Wow...that's a brute force approach if I've ever seen one. Take Bobby's advice. Cutting wheels are for cutting, grinding wheels for grinding. If you can find a 1/32" cutting wheel, you get a really fast, clean cut. Just be careful not to put any side load on it.
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc
Yuri_Rage is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 12:53 AM   #9
tedski
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 147
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Whenever I take on any project that I can't use a straight edge for, the first thing I think of is, "How can I make a jig for this." A jig will always give you clean lines and great results. Plus, it makes cleaning up the cut edges much quicker.
__________________
"This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our maker and glory to his bounty by learning about... BEER." - Friar Tuck
tedski is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 01:23 AM   #10
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,445
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 31

Default

+1 on the cutting disks, I didn't notice the OP used a grinding wheel! And wear some really good eye/face protection, if you do put side load on the cutting disks they like to throw shrapnel when they break.

I put about an hour into making a jig like Bobby's, but found I couldn't securely clamp the curved angle grinder body onto the flat board of the jig. I started cutting curved mounting brackets out of scrap wood, but realized my quickie project was going to take hours. At that point, I just grabbed the grinder and went at it...took about 10 minutes total. Another 10 minutes or so to clean up the edges with the die-grinder, and it was done.
BlindLemonLars is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quick Potentially Dangerous Angle Grinder Question maltymike Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 29 03-07-2009 08:46 PM
MFL flare angle? Isley Other 5 09-15-2008 11:37 PM
Angle, # of bines. cheezydemon Hops Growing 21 03-15-2008 02:17 AM
Buying an Angle Grinder? Cheesefood Other 17 06-03-2007 02:28 AM
Cutting the top off a Sanke Keg - Here's a Tip EdWort Equipment/Sanitation 16 03-01-2007 08:37 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS