I use a reusable paint filter hop bag for whole or pellet hops. At the end of the boil, I raise it slowly and let it drain back into into the boil kettle.
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This lid is just a cheap plastic plate from WalMart, but it's pretty much what dhacker describes. The hole in the top is 6.5" and there is a 7.25" X 0.25" o-ring from Fastenal used as a gasket between the plate and the top of the keg. The hold-down bar is made from a keg spear, some all-thread and a few nuts, and is held on with a couple c-clamps.
Get some Lexan to make a strong, transparent lid, buy a big gasket to go between the keg opening and the Lexan, drill a hole in the Lexan for an air lock drilled bung, make a simple clamp to tighten the Lexan to the gasket to make it air tight . . Voila! Inexpensive 15.5 gallon fermenter!
I have two!
Pics of the lid - and clamping contraption please? Sure I can come up with something from what you said, but you might have done something different/better than what I would think up. So, pics would be a big help.
QuoteActually I don't have a kegging system (yet) but Santa may be good to me this year. I'd expect I would only bottle after that if I had all my kegs in use and needed the keg. I would then bottle to free up the keg. And also bottle for competitions.
+1 for me. Bottling is horrid.
question-which probably has no definative answers:
How many Kegs does a newb kegger need. I have a couple sources-the legit one is about $15 each picked up. I am thinking I want 6-8 to start with.
question 2-when I rack from primary can I condition at my beer cellar temp? -So if I get more kegged than I'm drinking, can I build up a stockpile?