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BigAl

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Corey,
Why not put a thermometer in there. ;)

Al.
 

Corey

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That's a good idea.

I'm specifically looking for advice as to how I could seal the bung hole. It would a good 30-40mm in diameter.

Do I need to seal the bung hole? Do you think a bung would stay put?
 

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Corey

30 to 40 mm is quite large and it would be risky trying to seal it with a stopper, especially when it is going to be full of boiling wort. I got a small stainless steel plate welded over the inside of the holes on my kegs. Naturally you need the top cut out first.

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Corey,

Like Pedro says I wouldnt advise using a stopper! if it came out the flow rate would be large messy and potentially dangerous.

I put a thermometer with a 1/2" MPT thread in my HLT pot. The hole i made was probably 30mm in diameter which i put a brass fitting and nut on the back (cheap plumbing shop stuff). I sealed it with a red fibre tap washer. The thermometer then screws into that. I'll take a pic and post it.


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looks like my kettle it be a legal on me thinks plus i cut the top out welded some s/s handles and welded a plate over the hole and it works ok for me
 

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as an idea
could see if the element from one of those 10.00 big w kettles fits in there - then u have a heating elemnet for the kettle.
 

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The element hole in the Big W kettle is 38mm - so you maybe lucky.

I used a 38mm hole saw to "install" one in my HLT and it fits perfectly. You probably have a mill eitehr way to play with so if its 37 to 39mm you can probably fit the kettle element in.

Good thinking GMK !!

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

An element is a good idea too. I guess my only concern would be that I'd need at least 30L in the keg to cover the element if it was installed through the bung hole.
 

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You really need the element at the bottom of the wort so it heats all of the wort and makes the boil roll.

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why not put the element in.
Make a stand so that the keg lays flat with the element on th ebottom.

Then cut a hatch in the side that is now the top....

Insert a tap at one end.

Job Done.
 

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The keg is barrel shaped so there would be heaps of deadspace if I was to lay the key on its side and use the end of the keg as an outlet.
 

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OK....

Just a thought.....

No wise cracks now...
 
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