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Old 12-19-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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What do you think of this sale?

Mash Tun, Keggle, HLT, converted beer keg

Do you think it is work $180. I know I can get an old keg for cheap and use the angle grinder to get the top off. I am not a welder though and considering the few other parts this has, just wondering if it is worth $180.



 
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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That's a decent price, and probably very close to what you'd pay if you built it yourself. I build mine, and here's a price rundown...tools included

Keg - $30 on CL
Angle Grinder - $15 at Harbor Freight
Griding Discs - $8
7/8" Hole Saw - $7
Weldless SS Ball Valve - $36
Weldless Thermometer - $29
TOTAL: $125

Plus, this guy has a welded coupling, which is more sturdy and "leak proof" than a weldelss setup. I'd offer $150 and just see what he says...can't hurt to ask.


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Old 12-19-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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seems just a bit on the high side.

as THB suggested I would offer $150
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seems just a bit on the high side.

as THB suggested I would offer $150
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Also included in THB pricing was the angle grinder and discs, which I already have and brings the DIY cost to about $100

I may give him a call and see what he thinks instead of wasting both of our time going over there.

 
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Also included in THB pricing was the angle grinder and discs, which I already have and brings the DIY cost to about $100

I may give him a call and see what he thinks instead of wasting both of our time going over there.
If you're a DIY kind of guy, I'd just build your own. It may take you a while to source a keg and get all the parts in, but in the end you'll spend less money and have a better equipped keggle. It's not a bad price, but you could get a fully equipped keggle/HLT/MLT with grain/hop screen and sight glass for $180. Like this one:

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Old 12-19-2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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If you're a DIY kind of guy, I'd just build your own. It may take you a while to source a keg and get all the parts in, but in the end you'll spend less money and have a better equipped keggle. It's not a bad price, but you could get a fully equipped keggle/HLT/MLT with grain/hop screen and sight glass for $180. Like this one:

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That looks great. So I am really new to AG and homebrewing in general, what is the real purpose of the sight glass? So you see the wort, are you wanting to see it during the mash , boiling extraction or all of the above to see the color and know when the mash is done or something?

I have a mash tun currently and was thinking of this as a brew kettle or just another toy to have. I figure with a 15.5G keggle, I could do 10G batches (on a relatively low gravity beer) I currently have a 13G kettle.

 
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If you're a DIY kind of guy, I'd just build your own. It may take you a while to source a keg and get all the parts in, but in the end you'll spend less money and have a better equipped keggle. It's not a bad price, but you could get a fully equipped keggle/HLT/MLT with grain/hop screen and sight glass for $180. Like this one:

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Show off the lid, Show off the lid!!! LOL

Shameless DIY plug LOL
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:19 PM   #8
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That looks great. So I am really new to AG and homebrewing in general, what is the real purpose of the sight glass? So you see the wort, are you wanting to see it during the mash , boiling extraction or all of the above to see the color and know when the mash is done or something?

I have a mash tun currently and was thinking of this as a brew kettle or just another toy to have. I figure with a 15.5G keggle, I could do 10G batches (on a relatively low gravity beer) I currently have a 13G kettle.
The one in the picture is actually my HLT...and the only one i really care about the water level in. Some people also like one in their mash tun, but I really only need to know how much sparge water to add. The only thing I have in my boil kettle is a SS ball valve and boil screen.
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Show off the lid, Show off the lid!!! LOL

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LOL, love that lid too! Thanks again for hooking me up!
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:24 PM   #10
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So I was watching a how it's made last night on Discovery and it was about Beer of course Anyways, they had about 10 minutes in the middle of the show about homebrewing and they were in Chico I believe and talked about this guy that brews every Sunday afternoon outside of the LHBS. That wouldn't by any chance be one of you guys would it?



 
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