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Old 01-01-2009, 04:45 PM   #11
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Not if you have a pump. I just use a 2 foot piece of copper.
Huh? Can you elaborate please?
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:57 PM   #12
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The copper tube shaped like a cane just hangs on the edge of the kettle and draws wort from the bottom. I tried just using tubing but heat softened it and it kept sucking on the side of the kettle, then the suction flattened the tubing, it was a mess.

The wort travels through the tubing to my CFC, then through the pump, and back into the kettle until the whole batch is below 140. It takes less than 5 minutes and the threat of DMS is neutralized. That's something you can't do without a pump (recirculate I mean). Then I use the pump to transfer the whole volume through the chiller into the fermenter.

My pump is self-priming which saved me the need to port my kettle. On the other hand, self priming meant that it could only handle cooled liquids, so it has to be downstream of the chiller.

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Old 01-01-2009, 05:11 PM   #13
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I put a ball valve on my smaller 13 Gallon keggle, my newer 15.5 keggle is spiggotless.
Using an immersion chiller / autosiphon / autosiphon clamp / aeration gadget keeps the brewday simple when it comes to racking.

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Old 01-01-2009, 09:17 PM   #14
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It completely depends on what chiller you choose. If you use an IC, you'll be fine without a valve. I suppose you could use an autosiphon with a CFC or plate, but it might be tricky. Most people have had good results with weldless valves. I say go for it.

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