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Old 11-08-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I am thinking of building a copper manifold for my keg any one have any measurements/plans for building one? I have seen the one in how to brew but how is the manifold attached to the bulk head. I want to be able to direct fire the mash tun for step mashing/mash out.
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:23 PM   #2
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Eithe a welded bung, or weldless fittings.

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
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I think I want to go weldless

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Old 11-09-2007, 09:22 PM   #4
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I use a nipple and a compression fitting with an olive.

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Old 11-11-2007, 11:00 AM   #5
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do you have any pics orfy? what is an olive?

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olive? a big screen?

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Old 11-21-2007, 06:06 PM   #7
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Im thinking of buying a torch to try and get this thing started. any suggestions for a first time welder?

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Old 11-21-2007, 06:34 PM   #8
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You mean soldering right? Clean the parts with a wire brush/emory cloth/sandpaper. Don't let finger oil on the joints. Apply flux liberally, heat joint, remove flame, run solder on the joint.

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Old 11-22-2007, 03:11 AM   #9
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Soldering is easy! GO for it! The only thing I'd add here is that I made mine such that the manifold is in a ring shape and wraps arount the bottom of the keg about an inch from the side-walls. I ran copper tubing from the SS nipple welded through the keg across the bottom and connected the manifold on the opposite side... That seeems to prevent any possibility of channeling, and I leave almost no wort in there- great for efficiency.

I know a picture's worth a thousand words, but I don't know how to do that stuff.

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Old 11-22-2007, 02:18 PM   #10
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Here's a picture of the one I made the other day before drilling the holes. I used copper pipe (1/2") and don't plan on soldering. That way I will be able to disassemble and clean as needed. It's not for a keg, but I'm sure you could adapt the size as needed.

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