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Old 02-26-2008, 03:16 AM   #121
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kegs are at welders getting couplers welded into place. So now I really need to start on my thermowell QDs. I ordered one of B3's new thermowell with the heat guard and my LOVE temp probe wont fit. I need to figure something else out
Dang. Good to know. I thought they were the same as the old ones with heat guard added. Can you give more detail on the misfit? I was just about to place this order.

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/HTDOCS/temperature/ThermowellsIntro.cfm
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:54 PM   #122
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That darn vinyl they paint on the probes! I should have mentioned that the vinyl coating renders these probes useless for a .250" thermowell. I removed the coating with ease down to the nice .250" brass probe awaiting underneath! A small bastard file and/or a bit of sandpaper did the trick nicely. Why they do this I don't have a clue, but they fit the thermowell's great with the coating removed with no degradation in accuracy. They must think it looks cool! Take it off... It works great!

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Old 02-27-2008, 01:52 AM   #123
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That darn vinyl they paint on the probes! I should have mentioned that the vinyl coating renders these probes useless for a .250" thermowell. I removed the coating with ease down to the nice .250" brass probe awaiting underneath! A small bastard file and/or a bit of sandpaper did the trick nicely. Why they do this I don't have a clue, but they fit the thermowell's great with the coating removed with no degradation in accuracy. They must think it looks cool! Take it off... It works great!
Awesome post. Many thanks.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:07 PM   #124
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That darn vinyl they paint on the probes! I should have mentioned that the vinyl coating renders these probes useless for a .250" thermowell. I removed the coating with ease down to the nice .250" brass probe awaiting underneath! A small bastard file and/or a bit of sandpaper did the trick nicely. Why they do this I don't have a clue, but they fit the thermowell's great with the coating removed with no degradation in accuracy. They must think it looks cool! Take it off... It works great!
dude, you so rock!!

thanks Lonnie
I was wondering if there would be any adverse affects to taking off that vinyl coating. Great post and thank you.

Question......for your QD thermowell, did you cut down the length of B3's thermowell to fit inside the T fitting?
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:55 PM   #125
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No, I didn't... It was only about 3" long or so... It fit the tee fitting nicely.

I did forget to add though, I still had probs fitting the probe into the thermowell but it was the thermowell at fault. Seems natural though, when they weld the thermowell to the plug fitting, the metal at the entrance of the thermowell shrinks a bit so you can't get the .250" probe to insert. you can fix this with a rat tail file or a .250 reamer like I did.

File's have cool names! Rat Tail, Bastard...

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Old 03-02-2008, 12:54 AM   #126
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Since Lonnie appears not to be selling the plans for the brutus ten any longer, would someone who has purchased be willing to send me a copy. If someone is willing to I will make a donation to Lonnie in the amount of $25. I have ordered the issue of BYO that the plans appeared in, but I would also like a copy of Lonnie's original
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the guy who posted above you is Lonnie. Send him a PM

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and here is a pic of mine. Just picked it up today. It going to go back since the control panel arm is in the wrong place, but easy fix. Assembly is going smooth so far


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Old 03-02-2008, 01:47 AM   #128
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Since Lonnie appears not to be selling the plans for the brutus ten any longer, would someone who has purchased be willing to send me a copy. If someone is willing to I will make a donation to Lonnie in the amount of $25. I have ordered the issue of BYO that the plans appeared in, but I would also like a copy of Lonnie's original
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Chimone, that pic is a teaser! I need much more from you! I can already see that it looks GREAT!

Yes, I emailed the powers here to try and see if I can change my screen name to Lonnie Mac without having to purchase a new account. I never received a reply...

For all purposes, colplink is Lonnie Mac! I have had that goofy screen name since the Commodore 64 days... It is time to let it go!
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:36 AM   #129
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ok question.....

more beer has those very nice SS quick disconnects for 30 bucks a set. Has anyone seen them for less anywhere else? If not Ill settle for brass ones. Well Im either going quick disconnects or those clover ones used in the real breweries. Not sure yet, we'll see how much I have leftover from my refund.

And yes the chiller is going to be another 100 bucks or so. Going with a plate chiller
They do not specify the maximum temperature the rubber seal can tolerate.
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They do not specify the maximum temperature the rubber seal can tolerate.
If they are Snap-Tite's with Buna-N seals, they are rated for -40F - 250F. I'm not sure if this is the case since B3 doesn't make it easy to get information from their pictures.
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