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Old 02-01-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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So I just picked up my second keg on craigslist to be made into a keggle. I am going to take it to a welder to have him cut the top off for me and also a hole for a bulkhead adapter. I wanted to also install two ports for a HERMS set up but am confused about the parts a bit. What parts do I need (once he makes the holes) to attach a 1/2 silicone tube to a 1/2" Copper or SS Coil on the inside (undecided..)

Can I order basically all the parts from that on bargain fittings? Thanks in advance. I have read so many threads I am now just confusing myself. Hopefully someone that understands this all can just clear it up for me.

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Old 02-01-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the guys that install the coils into the kettles use compression fittings. 1/2" male threaded on one side (to screw into couplings you weld into the keg) and a compression fitting of the appropriate size on the other side to connect to the coil.

I didn't want to do that much carving, so my coil is not permenently mounted into a kettle. I can pick it up and out of the thing and move it wherever I want.

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Walker, that sounds like a good idea. Do you just use an immersion chiller like design?

Alternatively once I have the holes, could I use bulkhead fittings to attach to the tubing then something to attach to the coil??

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Walker, that sounds like a good idea. Do you just use an immersion chiller like design?

Alternatively once I have the holes, could I use bulkhead fittings to attach to the tubing then something to attach to the coil??

Thanks in advance.
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Mine is basically like an IC, but I soldered some parts to it so I could screw my temp probe into it.

If you want to go weldless, then drilling holes and putting bulkheads in it will leave you with 1/2" female ports inside (where you can use those compression fittings I was talking about) and 1/2" male port on the outside, where you can screw on hosebarbs and attach your hoses.
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HA. Just saw you were in Chapel Hill.

You're welcome to swing down to my place and check it out in action sometime.

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