My 18gal Keg boiler

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My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:03 am

So I went to my favourite scrap yard and bought an 18gallon keg and a piece of stainless pipe.

Got a specially modified 6" ferrule from Mac, as well as all the other bits I needed.Thanks mate. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
It is longer than most. so there is plenty of room for the clamp.

Got a welder to weld me some bits and pieces on.

Here is the result.
Keg before sanding.JPG


Then took to it with a 40 grit flap disc.
Keg rough sanded a.JPG


Cleaned out the interior and cut two 32mm holes in it for elements.
Decided to cut them below the centre of the keg because inside on one side is a stainless tube that was used for the spear.
By cutting below this the elements are able to butt up against the keg wall better.

Will get a sparkie to wire up the elements as soon as he is able.

The inside needed a bit of a touch up with a flap disc as well.
Could get a grinder inside because of the 6" ferrule.
Also removed most of the stainless pipe that was in there as well... what a job that was, working blind inside a keg. ~x(

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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:15 am

Inside of the keg before removing the threaded section.
inside keg before grinding a.JPG


And after
inside keg after grinding a.JPG


Looks a lot cleaner now.

Just a question for Mac or anyone using weldless element.

I've cut two 32mm holes for the elements.
Do they have to remain in the keg before wiring?
I can't see anyway of removing the 2nd threaded nut on the element.

Also does it make any difference if the silicone/whatever washer is on the inside or outside of the keg? :think:

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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby Frothwizard » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 am

dogbreath vodka wrote:Inside of the keg before removing the threaded section.
inside keg before grinding a.JPG


And after
inside keg after grinding a.JPG


Looks a lot cleaner now.

Just a question for Mac or anyone using weldless element.

I've cut two 32mm holes for the elements.
Do they have to remain in the keg before wiring?
I can't see anyway of removing the 2nd threaded nut on the element.

Also does it make any difference if the silicone/whatever washer is on the inside or outside of the keg? :think:

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Hey DBV,

The element needs to be inside the keg before wiring it up. Put it in, pull the cables through your hole and then wire it up.

The silicon ring has to be inside the keg. Just don't do it up TOO tight or you'll deform it and it will still leak.
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:21 am

Thanks Frothy. :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Will get it ready for my Sparky.
Sadly he's not due back in the area for a couple of weeks. :crying-blue: :handgestures-thumbdown:
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:55 pm

So the keg is now waiting on the Sparkie to turn up.

Keg ready for electrician (Copy).JPG



:-| :-| :-| waiting, waiting.....
Patience is not one of my virtues. :snooty: :snooty: :snooty:


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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby 1 2many » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:48 pm

It's good to see you still doing things your way DBV always different and always realy cool, love it. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby MacStill » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:53 pm

dogbreath vodka wrote:

:-| :-| :-| waiting, waiting.....
Patience is not one of my virtues. :snooty: :snooty: :snooty:


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This is pretty hilarious when I think back to a couple of recent emails we shared :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

That's a pisser of a boiler mate, that 6" ferrule makes it look smaller than it is tho.
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:06 am

MacStill wrote:
dogbreath vodka wrote:

:-| :-| :-| waiting, waiting.....
Patience is not one of my virtues. :snooty: :snooty: :snooty:


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This is pretty hilarious when I think back to a couple of recent emails we shared :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

That's a pisser of a boiler mate, that 6" ferrule makes it look smaller than it is tho.

Yeah I know.
Will suffer it for a couple more weeks.
Fitted the column on it last night and it does make it look small..... but bigger than a 50lt keg :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft:


1 2many wrote:It's good to see you still doing things your way DBV always different and always realy cool, love it. :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Thanks 12. :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft:
Let's hope it all works out well.
DAMN that electrician working away. I've got 300 litres of UJ to run.


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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:47 pm

Hi Gents

Finally got it all together and the boiler is on it's first heat up... water only... just a test run.

Boiler first run.JPG


Boiler first run a.JPG


75ltrs up to temp in about 40 mins... happy with that. :D :D :D

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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:56 pm

I've also worked out another use for the boiler.

As I do 300ltr ferments and need to melt the sugar.... :D :D :D
All the hot water I need in one hit. :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft:
Gotta love that.

No more sitting over a 6 ltr pot and gas burner doing repeated heat ups. which takes for eeeeeeeeverrrrrrrrrrr.
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby Yummyrum » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:20 pm

Holy Fuck dog breathe, you can stick your head in one port and see while your arms in the other scrubbin away :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby captainmorgan36 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:58 pm

Hi, I am thinking or replicating this set up. Is the pipe used for legs 2" and if so would 2 metres of this do me?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/EXHAUST-PIPE ... SwxCxT3nqE
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Re: My 18gal Keg boiler

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:46 pm

2 inch would do fine, but a slightly thicker wall than an exhaust pipe may work better.

Mine burnt through the pipe in a couple of places.

Also welding a nut to the plate under each leg will make levelling easier.
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