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Old 02-17-2007, 02:45 AM   #1
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I have been struggling to make a pickup tube that works in my keggle. No matter what I do I can't get it to siphon once the water gets below the coupling. I have checked and rechecked everthing for leaks. I have tried teflon tape on the threads and made 2 different types. The first one used a copper tube into a compression fitting and the second was a copper tube soldered into a male thread adapter that screwed into the coupling. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:20 PM   #2
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Ummm. You are testing it with a hose attached to your keggle, lowering the effective exit point? If not, then the siphon will stop when the water reaches the valve.

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Old 02-17-2007, 05:26 PM   #3
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Right, good point. You must have some tubing hanging down to pull the siphon. The weight of the water in the tube pulls a vaccum inside the dip tube to suck the water uphill basically.

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Old 02-18-2007, 01:49 AM   #4
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I feel like a JACKASS! Thanks for pointing out the obvious. You would think that with all the siphoning I have done that it might occur to me that the oulet needs to be lower than the inlet. What an idiot. Oh well. At least I know how to make pickup tubes really good now and have a few spares.

Thanks for the help and please excuse my ignorance.

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Old 02-18-2007, 02:12 AM   #5
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I only knew because at some time I did the same thing.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:44 PM   #6
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Could anyone suggest a good sticky or diagram that would show how to construct the dip tube/pickup tube for a half barrel keggle?

Thanks much....

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:17 PM   #7
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Here's a couple of pics of the one I made. The fitting in the middle is a pipe union which permits quick and easy installation and removal. I usually only remove the half holding down the false bottom. This was made using 1/2" rigid copper pipe:





The port on the converted keg is a 1/2" NPT SS coupling welded flush on the inside. The pickup tube threads directly into the coupling.

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Old 08-10-2010, 07:28 PM   #8
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Here's a couple of pics of the one I made. The fitting in the middle is a pipe union which permits quick and easy installation and removal. I usually only remove the half holding down the false bottom. This was made using 1/2" rigid copper pipe:





The port on the converted keg is a 1/2" NPT SS coupling welded flush on the inside. The pickup tube threads directly into the coupling.
Thanks much for adding this Cat22, it will help a bunch...
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:33 AM   #9
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Happy to be of some help. A couple of things I forgot to point out on my DIY pickup tube. Look closely on the right side just below the elbow and you will see a "ring" soldered in place there. This "ring" is a section cut from a coupling. The short section of pipe below it passes through the FB, but the "ring" will not. Instead, it pushes down on the FB to hold it in place. If you make a similar pickup tube, you will need to measure and cut the pieces carefully to get it to work properly. I had to enlarge the hole in the FB to fit the hard copper pipe. I used a rotary file bit on a drill to enlarge the hole.

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Hey, where did you get the false bottom?

Will it fit through a 12" opening at the top of the keggle?

How effective is it at filtering out trub and hop bits?

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