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Old 06-21-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

1st post on the forum, although I have been poking around for quite a while, and hope to be around a while.

Working on my first keggle and have two questions.

1) Has anyone found a way to attach a hotwater heating element to a keg without welding? A 1" NPT SS nut perhaps?

2) I plan on using this for Brewing in a bag. Is there an easy (and cheap) way to protect the bag from touching the element (I assume I wont need a true FB since I plan on boiling hops in a bag)?

Thanks in advance

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Old 06-21-2009, 02:15 AM   #2
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Stainless Steel 1" Locknut. Fits Electric water heater element thread. FPT Thread will thread either way and has a inset groove that fits the stock water heater element thread gasket. Purchase a food grade silicone o-ring above.


$8.25 each

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Many ways to keep the bag away from the element i suppose...how bout just wrapping a copper wire around it so as to avoid contact w/ the bag??

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You could also braze a coupler to your keggle using silver solder if you can't have it TIG Welded. Lots of brazing videos around.

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:28 PM   #4
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+1 on the 1" straight thread SS nut from bargain fittings. I used that.

#1. Drill hole for element
#2. Insert element using supplied rubber seal.
#3. HAND TIGHTEN with the 1" SS nut.

Done. Really, it is that simple. Lasts a long time.

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#1. Drill hole for element
#2. Insert element using supplied rubber seal.
#3. HAND TIGHTEN with the 1" SS nut.
yeah - I just did it that exact way.
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:25 PM   #6
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Excellent! Thanks for the help.

As these things normally go, as soon as started this thread I found The Pol's excellent electric HERMS thread. Haven't finished reading it but so far it has answered all of my questions. I can't wait to get started.

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yeah - I just did it that exact way.
Good student are you....
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:43 PM   #8
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+1 on the 1" straight thread SS nut from bargain fittings. I used that.

#1. Drill hole for element
#2. Insert element using supplied rubber seal.
#3. HAND TIGHTEN with the 1" SS nut.

Done. Really, it is that simple. Lasts a long time.
With the 1" nut, do you still do the socketing with the JB-weld and the PVC slip coupling (on the outside of the kettle?) like you described in the http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/blin...7/]BLING BLING thread?

Edit: I guess I bumped the thread with for no reason. I found this page which apparently was written by The Pol. It answered my question.
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Hey POL if your reading this thread I got a question for you. I see that you added your ground to the thermocouple section. I am thinking of putting my water heater element in from the bottom. I was planning on running the ground line and drilling a hole through the bottom skirt of the keg to minimize and water leakeage that could occur.

There isnt realy a need to have the ground with the thermocouple right? You just need it connected to the keg in some way

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:02 AM   #10
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Good student are you....
I did the same thing - and before The Pol Many moons ago, I learned much about the electric way of brewing from various members on the board of green...

So, yeah, just use the SS nut. Don't over tighten. Test it overnight with water before you hook up the electrics. Then test it again. I have an electric HLT and BK that I did this way.
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