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Old 11-22-2007, 02:50 PM   #11
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yea soldering srry

thomcatt did you just buy a long piece of copper and cut it to length and fit joints? I was looking to do the same thing but Im leaning towards soldering the end pieces and leaving the middle loose for cleaning

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Old 11-22-2007, 11:03 PM   #12
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Yeah I bought three 2' sections I believe.

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Old 11-22-2007, 11:18 PM   #13
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I made mine for a 48qt cooler but it's probably not much different.

I have a shank going through the cooler wall, with a valve on the outside and a nut with olive on the inside.

A couple of pics of mine are here but you can't see too much detail. All up it was pretty easy, you need to have a pipe cutter though, makes life easier - http://denimbrauhaus.blogspot.com/2007/11/couple-of-new-additions-to-brewquipment.html

If you get the hard copy of how to brew there's a diagram of what you need for the bulkhead deal-eo.

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Old 11-23-2007, 03:35 PM   #14
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did you solder that denimg?

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Old 11-23-2007, 04:03 PM   #15
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Think about cutting slices rather than driling holes. I've found the very thin slices work better and let less solids through... on the bottom of the manifold of course

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Old 11-23-2007, 09:56 PM   #16
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did you solder that denimg?
The only solder is on the 'T' that connects to the 45degree elbow that goes into the nut. Only because I had a female-female there and the elbow was a little too long so I needed to cut it down.

I just gave the 'male' fittings a tiny squeeze in the vice to oval them a little, makes them stay together pretty well but still comes apart for cleaning.

I was going to cut slices but I didn't have the cutting disc for the dremel, and I couldn't be bothered using a hack saw. I've used the manifold once and it seems to be fine, I'm happy with it.
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Old 11-24-2007, 01:05 AM   #17
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With all this talk of soldering I have not heard any talk of removing the spent flux.
I just soldered up a couple of fittings for adding steam to my mlt.
I think it is going to work fine. But there is a crevice or two that I can't get at to clean off.
I don't like the idea of a flux sheen floating on my pale ale.
Any magic elixar to nuke this stuff away? Blast with boiling water a few times??
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Old 11-24-2007, 02:16 AM   #18
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I usually just run the wire brush over my welds or use the wire wheel on the grinder. Comes up nice and pretty and I'm not dead yet...

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Old 11-24-2007, 05:15 AM   #19
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if you used the right flux, its water soluable food grade. Use a stiff brush (toothbrush) and soapy water. Should come right off. What miniscule amount is left won't matter

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Old 11-24-2007, 06:56 AM   #20
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White distilled vinegar will clean the copper and silver solder very well. If you don't dilute it, you can stand there and wait for it to get clean and scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse like your life depends on it. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

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