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Guinness keg

Postby johnarms » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:18 pm

I just bought a Guinness keg from a scrap dealer for 40.00. No real dents etc, nice. didnt see much online about valve/spear removal, I'm sure most people here would know this, but it may eventually help someone. :)
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby MichiganCornhusker » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:32 pm

Nice keg, that flange is wide with no notches in it, I like it.
There are also kegs out there that have threaded spears that also have a safety catch that you need to deal with even once you get the thing unthreaded...
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby InglisHill » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:02 pm

If you lay it on its side when you release the pressure you don't need the towel :-)
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Jimbo » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:06 pm

Nice keg for 40 bucks, good deal :thumbup:
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby johnarms » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:47 am

he has at least five more. shipping to iceland may be a wee problem though.... :D
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby DAD300 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:01 pm

Save the spear and make a Product Condenser from it...save the spear...save the spear...save the spear...save the spear...
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby dj12inches » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:29 pm

Thanks for posting this!

I just got a Guinness keg today from somebody for $50. Your instructions were helpful for removing the spear.

How are you going to attach the column to that super thick flange?
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby johnarms » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:38 pm

welding a 3" short flange to it, and a 4" access port with a cover ferule to the side on the top.
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby johnarms » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:53 pm

going to the welder soon. 4" fill port, 3" column attachement, 2" sight glass, 1" drain valve, and 1" stainless nut for element. any suggestions as to placement? tig and argon right? I've seen the collar removed before, like the look, but like the utility of the handles wonder if its possible to cut away between the handles and "roll" the stainless back on itself like the rim? Any input will be appreciated.
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby humbledore » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:18 am

You could flip it upside down and use the existing keg flange for a drain port. I have a drain port on the lowest part of the keg I could place it, it still needs to be tilted to empty completely. So you can't do it with the column on it. It would need legs or casters to stand it up enough. I assume the 4" fill port is for keg access, cause you don't need a hole that big to get liquids in there.
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Jimbo » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:06 am

Thats a damn fine idea Humbledore.. Weld some legs on teh top and flip it. Then put the 3" and 4" on top (bottom). Id add a 2" on top also for thermo or future agitator or whatever too.
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby dj12inches » Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:37 am

Hey....looking good so far!

How well does that 3" Triclamp fit on the flange? I was wondering if it might be possible to clamp a 3" column with ferrule to the flange. From what I understand, the flange is a bit smaller than 3", so I was thinking of wrapping it with a few feet of copper tape and hammering that down until the clamp holds tight with a gasket.

How are you going to cut the holes? Bi-metal hole saw?
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby johnarms » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:08 pm

I'm going to have a welder friend take care of the cutting and welding, the existing ferule is too thick imo and am going to weld on a short neck 3" ferule to the fat one, the fit is quite good between the two. 4" fill port is for access and cleaning as well as filling.
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Danespirit » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:01 am

+1 on the upside down idea, Humbledore..
Well, if i had to make a boiler out of this...i would attach some wheels to the rim, were the handles are. :idea:
Three of them .. 120 degree angle around and it would be stabilized.
Could be some of those wheels you can lock, when you set up your equipment.
If you plan on using a tall column, it will be prone to tilting. You might want to make a triangular frame instead and gain stability.
When cutting a hole for the triclamps, you probably would do it with a plasmacutter.
Now..fill some water at the bottom of the keg before cutting and swirl it around in there, it will prevent slag from the cutting to burn into the surface.
As you got a welder to do some work, i am sure he would prefer TIG.
If backinggas is applied, it gives a nice surface on the inside without the usual black crap.
Just a few thoughts..
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Badmotivator » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:03 pm

DAD300 wrote:Save the spear and make a Product Condenser from it...save the spear...save the spear...save the spear...save the spear...
Dad, I am so glad you said this! I kept mine (working on boiler now) and I've been staring at it wondering if I should throw it away. Do you have any pictures of a condenser made using a spear? I'd love to see one.
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Re: Guinness keg

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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Dima » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:15 am

Hello!
Did you get it all finished ?
Can you share some pictures?
I am in preparing stage of turning keg into boiler and any ideas help :)
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Re: Guinness keg

Postby Shine0n » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:58 am

Just take look around a bit as there are many many pics of kegs being converted.
In off topic forum is a thread = show a pic of you still, something like that and is pics of many stills made from kegs.
This is an older thread so getting a response might be difficult from the OP but crazier things have happened.

What are you trying to accomplish?
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