The keg lathe

Fredan writes –

I have found instructions on how to convert kegs, using reciprocating saws, grinder, and plasma cutters. But in my experience, kegs which are ground or sawed generally produce uneven or oval openings. Plasma cutters on the other hand produce outstanding openings; unfortunately I don’t have many friends who have them at their disposal. So I came up with a different way of cutting the opening. In essence, I have created a hand turned lathe for a keg. It cost me around 30 dollars, but depending on your own personal inventory of tools, the cost may be higher or lower. The project took about 3 hours which included the construction, cutting out the opening and smooth out the edges.


24 thoughts on “The keg lathe

  1. It is not for beer drinkers (necessarily), but beer makers. I’ve got three kegs converted like this one in my home brewery. They make excellent boil kettles and mash tuns.

    You can pay professionals to convert the kegs for you, but that ends up costing a fair bit.

  2. Thanks. So Kegs are made out of what..T606, stainless? I’m just curious now. I wonder if I could use this to make kambucha. I can’t seem to find something large enough to start that in.

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