Old brewery kegs

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Old brewery kegs

Postby MrDave » Friday Nov 10, 2006 5:31 pm

Hi kegmeisters,
A friend of mine has "a big old keg and a smaller one" that have been in storage on a property a couple of hours out of town. His father used to brew but is a bit beyond that now. He's happy to offload them to me - I'm curious as to how useful they're going to be.

What were the old imperial volume kegs?
I believe the larger ones were 18 gallons and that there was a 9gal (aka a firkin).
11gal kegs are the current 50 litre jobs from pubs.
Sound about right?

I figure that 100+kg of keg and beer isn't going to be too polite to a fridge.
Is tap and line hardware still readily available to use them at home, or should I cut the lid off it and use it for storing brewing crap until I get into all grain brewing ?
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Postby goq11k_76 » Friday Nov 10, 2006 5:53 pm

not to hijack,

but my mate can pretty well get me a unlimited supply of used current pub kegs

can these be converted to be used at home?

I have seen couplers on ebay and G&G are these all I need to get it hooked up at home, as well as CO2
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Postby Cortez The Killer » Saturday Nov 11, 2006 9:32 pm

what do u mean by "used current pub kegs"?

if it's what i think you mean - kegs are like milk crates and remain the property of the brewery.

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Postby Schooner » Saturday Nov 11, 2006 11:28 pm

The milk crate phrase again...gawd, every keg is not owned by a brewery.

If you cannot find the fitting's you need to use your keg's then e-mail me and will see what i can do to make you what you need , or will do my best to buy them off of you. corny keg match-up is not a problem but may take some time. ( don't cut the top off a good keg).
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Postby yardglass » Sunday Nov 12, 2006 6:41 am

Schooner wrote:The milk crate phrase again...gawd, every keg is not owned by a brewery.



don't cut the top off a good keg


Unless you're making a Kettle.
excuse me... your karma just ran over my dogma.

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Postby MrDave » Sunday Nov 12, 2006 12:47 pm

yardglass wrote:
Schooner wrote:The milk crate phrase again...gawd, every keg is not owned by a brewery.



don't cut the top off a good keg


Unless you're making a Kettle.


Mmmm. I'm thinking thats perhaps how it'll end up.
Corny kegs look a lot easier to clean and move around.
Still, this 'little' one might be the biz.
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Postby goq11k_76 » Monday Nov 13, 2006 12:15 pm

yeah the pub style kegs are hard to clean

holding 50 litres is a good idea if large batches are needed, say for the ashes or chrissy drinks with mates

might look into a coupler
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Postby MrDave » Monday Nov 13, 2006 12:57 pm

Oh dear. Saw them on the weekend.
Yup, one's an old steel (not stainless) 18 gallon job.
The other one's a 50L one circa 1993.
Both of them are ex-Swan Brewery.

Anyone in Perth want the 18 gal one for an HLT?
I really don't think I want to mess with it.
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Postby Schooner » Monday Nov 13, 2006 5:19 pm

MrDave wrote:Oh dear. Saw them on the weekend.
Yup, one's an old steel (not stainless) 18 gallon job.


Steel ? or allie. hard to believe.

does a magnet stick - tho not the best way to tell as low grade S/S is magnetic.
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Postby MrDave » Monday Nov 13, 2006 5:44 pm

Schooner wrote:
MrDave wrote:Oh dear. Saw them on the weekend.
Yup, one's an old steel (not stainless) 18 gallon job.


Steel ? or allie. hard to believe.
does a magnet stick - tho not the best way to tell as low grade S/S is magnetic.


The corrosion the outside is red iron oxide, so I reckon its steel.
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