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Old 02-07-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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How far from the bottom of the keg should the inlet opening of the pickup tube be? I'm going to put a copper scrub pad at the end of it. Orfy, if you read this, it's like your setup.

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:22 PM   #2
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It depends if it's easy to remove.
You have to get the scrubby on it.
I can rotate mine to adjust but 3/8th of an inch is good.



I use nipples where most use couplers.

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Thanks Orfy, I see your pickup tube is off center to the side. So you really don't want to have the inlet opening dead center at the deepest point. If you do this then you would have to use the connector like yours cause you wouldn't have enough clearence to screw it in.

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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I'd recommend a compression fitting no matter what. It just makes regular removal a lot easier and you're going to want to remove it ever few brews to really get a good scrub on the bottom of the keg. It gets pretty grimey. You could get away with a soldered MPT end on the dip tube but you'll need about 1/4" clearance to the bottom of the depression. It's not so bad though, you need the room to shove the scrubby in anyway.

I've been thinking about reorienting my tube placement so it's half way off to the side so that I can whirlpool prior to draining. You will sacrifice a little wort that way, but you can hopefully leave mostly hot break behind in the center depression.

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I plan on doing the same thing. I may have to trim my tube slightly or tilt it...

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:33 PM   #6
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I fit it loose.
Put the scrubby on. Adjust the hand tighten.

The only reason t's of centre is because roatating it gives the hight adjustment dependant on the filter device used.

I highly reccomend a nipple and compression fitting. I only hand tighten.

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Thanks, guys

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I'd recommend a compression fitting no matter what. It just makes regular removal a lot easier and you're going to want to remove it ever few brews to really get a good scrub on the bottom of the keg. It gets pretty grimey. You could get away with a soldered MPT end on the dip tube but you'll need about 1/4" clearance to the bottom of the depression. It's not so bad though, you need the room to shove the scrubby in anyway.

I've been thinking about reorienting my tube placement so it's half way off to the side so that I can whirlpool prior to draining. You will sacrifice a little wort that way, but you can hopefully leave mostly hot break behind in the center depression.
Bobby, just thought of something. Why not shorten Orfy's setup and have the elbow coming right from the bulkhead. Do you need the tube that long for siphoning power?
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You do this.

2 x 90°
2 x 45°


But yes it is for the syphon effect.

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I'll give it a shot Orfy

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