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Old 03-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Dip/pickup tube setups?

Searched the forums and could not find an answer to this one.

Ordering a new boil kettle from Spike Brewing and wondering how to set up the dip tube/pickup. They make a false bottom and wondering if that is the way to go.

The reason for my question is I did a brew in a keggle today with a center pickup and false bottom. The dip tube got clogged/was hard to start. Eventually got it going, but clogged again, repeat...

So what is the best way to set up the pickup/dip tube? Use a false bottom or use a short one on the side?

Also, all the boil kettles I looked at do not come with pickup/dip tubes. Only the Blichman. Where do you get the parts to make these?

Sorry for all the noob questions, but want to get this kettle set up right.

Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:10 AM   #2
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I use 90 degree elbow like this. Was Bobby from brewhardware's suggestion.

Works great so long as I keep whole hops out of it.

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I do nearly the same thing. Works great.

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I like both of those options. Had not thought of that before. Excellent!

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Working on my fitting setup now, will be using the elbow without threadings that Bobby sells and suggests: http://www.brewhardware.com/fittings/115-elbarb

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I am interested in what others are doing as well as I too have a kettle on order from Spike currently. Now that I have seen Bertus' setup, I think I will follow suit and similarly install a 90-degree street elbow with hose barb.

The other option I was originally considering was a 1/2" pipe nipple and a high flow elbow barb from Bobby M. My kettle has welded fittings with 1/2" female NPT inside the kettle and would have needed that nipple to transition to the elbow barb. I think Bertus' setup will leave less wort behind, but may pull in more trub with the increased velocities pulled through the smaller barb orifice. Just get a good whirlpool going and hope for the best!

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If you already have female threads, a 1/2" street elbow with a 5/8" hose barb threaded in for the drop would be dandy.

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I have the 5/8 diptube from Brewhardware.com. I have a sanke keg but like to turn it off to the side and then make a whirlpool so the hops and trub are all in the center and the diptube leaves that and takes the wort around it.

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I did just like Scottland did (above) and got the parts from Bobby M when ordering other "stuff". That is the "high flow" hose barb and a 90 degree street elbow. Works great!

I whirlpool, but still get a lot of hops in the out side. I use buckets to ferment, so a double mesh strainer works for me easily. Also, if you tilt the kettle a little right at the end you get the most wort sucked up.

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