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Title: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: etbrew on October 13, 2010, 08:54:09 PM
I was offered a 15 gallon keg for 10 bucks but I'm not sure if it's something I will be able to use.  I only make 5 gallon batches so I certainly can't fill it.  It is a commercial keg.  If I wanted to put beer in it how would I clean it and/or fill it?  What else could I do with it? 
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: theDarkSide on October 13, 2010, 08:55:53 PM
Boil Kettle...or buy it for $10 and sell it to someone for $20-$30.

Just make sure the person you are getting it from has actual ownership of it.
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: tschmidlin on October 13, 2010, 09:11:01 PM
Agreed, make sure they actually own it.  If you're getting it from a brewery I wouldn't plan on putting beer in it - if it was still good for that, they probably wouldn't be selling it.  I sometimes pick up kegs from people who obviously stole them, then return them.  Some places are reluctant to give you money back for a deposit if you don't have a receipt, but I know a guy who'll take them and return them to the distributor.  They pay him, he pays in me in beer (he owns a bottle/keg shop).  Win-win.

If it's legit, you can definitely turn it into a boil kettle or HLT.  Or make a grill or smoker out of it.   ;D
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: beerocd on October 13, 2010, 11:25:44 PM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: bluesman on October 14, 2010, 01:20:39 AM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...

You would make a great inventor.  ;D
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: tschmidlin on October 14, 2010, 05:41:34 AM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...

You would make a great inventor.  ;D
I was thinking he would make a great junk artist.  ;D
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: jeffy on October 14, 2010, 11:19:05 AM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...

You would make a great inventor.  ;D
I was thinking he would make a great junk artist.  ;D
That stainless urinal idea is pretty cool, especially if it's a BMC keg.  Not only would it look unique, but it would have plenty of symbolism........
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: Slowbrew on October 14, 2010, 02:25:55 PM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...

You would make a great inventor.  ;D
I was thinking he would make a great junk artist.  ;D
That stainless urinal idea is pretty cool, especially if it's a BMC keg.  Not only would it look unique, but it would have plenty of symbolism........
I was thinking the same thing.   :D  It would have a "returning the source" kind of jive to it.
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: corkybstewart on October 14, 2010, 02:52:40 PM
I posted a picture of a Budweiser keg urinal on Beer Advocate a couple of years ago and the Bro's deleted the thread within minutes saying it didn't advance the cause of beer or some similar nonsense.
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: theDarkSide on October 14, 2010, 03:01:16 PM
I posted a picture of a Budweiser keg urinal on Beer Advocate a couple of years ago and the Bro's deleted the thread within minutes saying it didn't advance the cause of beer or some similar nonsense.

Hmmm...I see the connection.  Weird.  ;) 


Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: bluesman on October 14, 2010, 04:59:24 PM
You can pickle cabbage in it. Make pickles, store umbrellas, use it as a fermenter, make a chair or end table out of it, flower pot, if you're really handy you can turn it into a cool urinal. There's so many things...

You would make a great inventor.  ;D
I was thinking he would make a great junk artist.  ;D
That stainless urinal idea is pretty cool, especially if it's a BMC keg.  Not only would it look unique, but it would have plenty of symbolism........
I was thinking the same thing.   :D  It would have a "returning the source" kind of jive to it.

I can't wait for his response to all of our respones.  :D
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: Kit B on October 14, 2010, 07:24:05 PM
Install a really big handle & turn it into a giant mug.  ;)

Seriously, though...
Keggle, dude!
It's the cheapest boil kettle you will ever gain access to.
Fifteen gallons ain't that big.
I build 10 gallons of water, every time I brew.
My 15 gallon kettle is perfect, for that.
I almost never have to worry about boil-overs, but it has come close.
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: etbrew on October 14, 2010, 09:04:48 PM
Ok...so I guess I should have asked what can't I do with it  :)

Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: beerocd on October 14, 2010, 11:34:23 PM
Ok...so I guess I should have asked what can't I do with it  :)



Eat it, use it as a suppository, get your deposit back on it, burn it, bring it on a plane with you as carry on luggage, fit it in your cupholder, get hdtv reception, this list is silly.  :P The first question was better....
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: euge on October 15, 2010, 02:30:59 AM
I was offered a 15 gallon keg for 10 bucks but I'm not sure if it's something I will be able to use.  I only make 5 gallon batches so I certainly can't fill it.  It is a commercial keg.  If I wanted to put beer in it how would I clean it and/or fill it?  What else could I do with it? 

If you decide to take it- a keggle is the best choice unless you use sankey. Just be careful opening it since it can be quite dangerous. Think "spear". There's instructions for that and cutting the top on the web if not in this forum.

(http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/images/7/7f/Barrels_Fig_4_550-1-.jpg)
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: Steve on October 15, 2010, 03:43:27 PM
See the "Backyard Brewery" episode of Yard Crashers (from DYI Network on Hulu.com http://www.hulu.com/watch/80283/yard-crashers-backyard-brewery (http://www.hulu.com/watch/80283/yard-crashers-backyard-brewery)
They build bar stools out of old kegs and a lot of other backyard stuff

(http://web.me.com/sespach/KettleandCask/Blank_files/droppedImage-filtered.png)
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 18, 2010, 06:45:16 AM
Ok...so I guess I should have asked what can't I do with it  :)
Eat it, use it as a suppository, get your deposit back on it, burn it, bring it on a plane with you as carry on luggage, fit it in your cupholder, get hdtv reception, this list is silly.  :P The first question was better....

ROFLMAO! Carryon luggage, LOL.
Title: Re: What can I do with a keg...
Post by: etbrew on October 27, 2010, 12:12:06 AM
So I didn't get the keg.  Turns out the keg was left at the guy's house by someone else and he decided (1 year later) to retrieve the keg.  On the plus side I was talking to a friend over the weekend who works at a local brewery who has a bunch of old kegs. I see a keggle in my future.  ;D