The keg lathe

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. Tercero says:

    As a non beer drinker, elucidate why you want a keg lathe?

    I don’t get it.

  2. alva2 says:

    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.

  3. cyenobite says:

    Thanks Alva, I didn’t get it either :)

  4. sieg01 says:

    Anyone have a suggestion for a legal way to get a used keg?

  5. sieg01 says:

    Anyone have a suggestion for a legal way to get a used keg?

  6. rdarlington says:

    You can buy old ones from beer distributers, especially ones with leaky valves.

  7. rdarlington says:

    You can buy old ones from beer distributors, especially ones with leaky valves.

  8. Tercero says:

    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.

  9. fredan says:

    Kegs are made from 304 or 316 stainless steal. It is food grade metal. Could you please tell me what kambucha is.

  10. Tercero says:

    Sorry fredan. That’s KOMBUCHA, not my incorrectly spelled Kambucha. Links to the MAKE article on it. And it’s really, really, really good.

  11. fredan says:

    Looks like an interesting drink. Thanks for the info

  12. Pete says:

    The guys at Sabco will gladly sell you a used keg:

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