Author Topic: What to do with this old keg?  (Read 1516 times)

Offline dannyjed

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 568
  • Toledo, OH
    • View Profile
What to do with this old keg?
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:24:32 PM »
I just got an old keg from a barn.  It is the old, barrel shaped type, not the cylinder shaped keg.  The keg has one end cut off, but half way up it has a wooden bung (with Pabst written on it) on the side wall. My question is can I fill this thing up above the wooden bung or should I remove it and replace it with something else?  I was planning on using it as a HLT or boil kettle, but this wooden bung has me worried and since it's half way up it would be at the 7.5 gal mark.  Has anybody else here used one of these kegs before and what did you do with the wooden bung?
Dan Chisholm

Offline tschmidlin

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 8130
  • Redmond, WA
    • View Profile
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 03:51:15 PM »
I'd recommend taking it out and having a plate welded over the hole.

But if I as going to use it as is, I would use it for the HLT only.  Less messy.
Tom Schmidlin

Offline dannyjed

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 568
  • Toledo, OH
    • View Profile
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012, 06:42:01 PM »
I'd recommend taking it out and having a plate welded over the hole.

But if I as going to use it as is, I would use it for the HLT only.  Less messy.
Thanks, this is what I thought.  I got a brother-in-law who welds and could probably do this.
Dan Chisholm

Offline jmcamerlengo

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 625
    • View Profile
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2012, 01:14:29 PM »
perhaps get one of the weldless ball valve kits and put that in there if the hole isnt to big?
Jason
-Head Brewer, Brewtus Brewers in the Shenango Valley. Hopefully opening a brewpub/nano brewery in the next couple years.

Offline bluesman

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8678
  • Delaware
    • View Profile
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2012, 01:18:55 PM »
perhaps get one of the weldless ball valve kits and put that in there if the hole isnt to big?

This   ^^^^

or

patch it with a plate as Tom indicated and use is as a kettle (BK or HLT)
Ron Price

Offline Gribble

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 165
    • View Profile
    • Low Mo Brewing Company
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2012, 01:49:48 PM »
i wouldn't recommend it for use as a kettle but an hlt would be perfect.  while your brother in law is welding a patch over the bung hole, he can weld in a full couple toward the bottom for a pick up and ball valve.
Low Mo Brewing Company
Industrial Grade Beer Brewed For Professionals

Offline dannyjed

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 568
  • Toledo, OH
    • View Profile
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2012, 02:09:29 PM »
i wouldn't recommend it for use as a kettle but an hlt would be perfect.  while your brother in law is welding a patch over the bung hole, he can weld in a full couple toward the bottom for a pick up and ball valve.
I was thinking along those same lines, and he can probably weld a couple of handles on as well. 
Dan Chisholm

Offline Gribble

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 165
    • View Profile
    • Low Mo Brewing Company
Re: What to do with this old keg?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2012, 06:09:36 PM »
Yeah some 3/8" round stock would make a great handle
Low Mo Brewing Company
Industrial Grade Beer Brewed For Professionals