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Captain Morgan (4.12.140.163)
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 06:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm in the proccess of building a three tier + fermentor. I've already started the HLT (15.5g), but I cut the entire top out of the keg. I'm not sure if not having a lid is that big of a deal or not. I've gotten my second keg (13.2g guinness keg), which I was considering making into a conical fermentor. So the situaltion I'm finding myself in is this. If I need the lid on the HLT, then I have to use the guinness keg. That would mean I need to use the 15.5g keg for the conical. Which would put me at having a near 20g fermentor on a 13g system. Other then that, I've got my Denny Conn style mashtun, and will be using the current 15.5g keg and HLT/boilpot until I get a second (next weekend I hope).
 

robert rulmyr (63.156.128.7)
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A lid is probably not critical. After the boil, I like to keep bugs and blowing leaves, etc. OUT!

WacoBob
 

Vance Barnes (69.15.38.210)
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't think a lid on the HLT is critical unless you brew outdoors or in very cold temps. A lid on the boil kettle is manditory though after you cut the heat off. Most folks cut about a 12" diameter piece out of the top of the keg and get a universal lid or make one out of a pizza pan. I got a SS lid from Wally World for mine.
 

Joseph Listan (66.192.83.65)
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Look in thrift shops/yard sales, etc. for old kitchen cookware pot lids. You can get one for a song.
 

Joe Rovito (68.32.3.226)
Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 05:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My converted keg HLT & Boil Kettle are ground completely flush. Mash tun can accomodate a normal lid. I have an 18" Aluminum pizza pie pan that I use as a pseudo lid when I have to on the HLT or Kettle. Almost anything is better than nothing, and nothing is OK, too.
 

Captain Morgan (4.12.140.163)
Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds good. I'm hopefully going to weld my bulkhead on this sunday. Unfortunatly I think the project will get put on hold until the first of the month as I'm moving. But after that my brother and I are setting the (growing) brewery up in out garage. Now just need to track down one more keg.
 

Tacoma Brewers (67.40.14.60)
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 03:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What are you using for the cone on the conical? I've been thinking about doing the same to my keg, because I'm using a 7.5g Sanke right now, but it's a pain to get the yeast out.
 

Captain Morgan (4.8.20.238)
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a friend who works in a local metal shop. I'm going to have him make the cone out of SS. I'm going to weld it to the keg, along with the dump valve.

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