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Old 11-29-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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I'm hoping to convert some kegs to brew kettles this weekend. I have a problem sourcing the tap (spigot) fittings.
I can't get the weld be gone stuff here. If I order from the tates it will cost me a fortune in tax and shipping and will take weeks at best to get here.

The best thing I can find is one of these. It/s designed to fit through plastic and doesn't come with a food grade or heat resistant o rings or washer. It also has a none standard bore size at the back.



Any suggestions or ideas please.

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:16 PM   #2
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Seems like the o-rings are going to be problematic if they don't hold up to boiling wort, not to mention rigging up something to a non-standard bore. Any possibility of just buying regular fittings and getting them welded up proper? Since you're doing multiple kegs I would think you could get a pretty decent rate.

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:20 PM   #3
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I can't find any fitting to weld!

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:34 PM   #4
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orfy, try tnlandsailer. he's a gadget guy and may have a idea for you......

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Wouldn't just a threaded pipe about 2" long work? They usually have a flat band in the middle for putting a wrench on which is where I would imagine you'd weld it. But I haven't welded in 15 years and that was iron beams, not ss.

Like this, but shorter:

Or does it have to have a flange in order to seal properly? I'm not really up to snuff on keg conversions.

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:44 PM   #6
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It's an idea thanks. I'd be scared of stress fractures on a pipe without a flange

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Orfy, can you solder? Check around and see if you can get some 56% silver solder. I've used it for years soldering stainless rings for offshore fishing and put it to use on my brew kettle.

You just drill a hole the same size as the outer diameter of the 1/2" coupleing.

Insert the coupling half way through the hole, apply white braizing flux and heat it cherry red, apply the silver solder an it will seal it up good. It's plenty strong and won't leak or corrode. The flux washes away with hot water.

This will work with stainless to stainless, brass to stainless and copper to stainless.

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I can solder but will a handheld plumbers canister torch be man enough for the job? I don't have a full set up.

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If you have Mapp gas then yes. Plain propane may not get hot enough with that much heat sink.

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Say Orfy, is that bulkhead fitting you posted a pic of made of bronze? Also, I can't tell from the pic but it needs to have 1/2" threads inside to accept thermometers or ball valves and such.

If so, just use that without the o-ring and solder it in place after tightening down. Plain plumers solder and a propane torch would work for that.

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