I was able to get some new equipment this weekend from a friend who works for a distributor, and from my father-in-law. My Distributor friend was able to get me a empty half-barrel keg to use as a brew pot and a CO2 regulator for my corny kegs. I'm really psyched because now I can up my batches to 10 gallons, and have the ability to actually keg my beer instead of just staring at the empty corny kegs I have.
My father-in-law is a college swim coach in Upstate new york and is able to get 5 and 10 gallon Gatorade coolers for free, so he kindly enough, gave me one. These are great for single-temp mashing and the 10 gallon size also helps in increasing the size of batches that I can make.
But....before I can begin on 10 gallon batches, I need your help. The half-barrel keg still has the top on it. Does anyone know where (or how) I can get the top of the keg cut off so I can use it as a kettle? Please either post a reply to this or email me. Much appreciated!!