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Old 04-19-2011, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Keggle Tri Clover Dip Tube Solutions?

I'm getting ready to have tri clover ferrules welded into some keggles for a brutus-like build. Does anybody out there have a good solution for dip tubes in the HLT, MT, and BK using tri clovers? I'm guessing I could have custom tri clover dip tubes made, but that's about all I could come up with (I would prefer not to deal with threads). Am I better off going with a NPT coupler instead of tri clovers?

I should also add that I'm thinking standard 90º in the center for the HLT and MT (with false bottom) and a bent dip tube (off to the side) for the BK.

I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:08 AM   #2
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SS compression fitting is what I use. With the correct size open end wrench it takes 20 seconds to remove the tube. Probably faster than trying to line up the tri clover/gasket/and locking fitting.

In my currently in process build I went with just a 90 degree elbow off a hex nipple, no more dip tube for me. Several others reported success with this method as it provides greater flow, costs less.

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Old 04-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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If you've got the dough...

Universal Siphon

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Old 04-19-2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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samc, are you adapting all of your fittings (the compression and the 90 degree elbow) from a NPT coupler welded into the side wall? If so, how often do you disassemble the MPT from the coupler for cleaning?

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Old 04-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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maltose, that's nearly perfect, although pricey. The universal siphon starts from NPT and adapts to tri clover, but I would prefer tri clover only. Sabco also makes a tri clover only siphon, but they run everything at 1/2" tri clover (I think), which I don't really want to do. Either way, I don't think Sabco would be much cheaper than having a custom dip tube made.

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There is always a rotating racking arm setup

https://morebeer.com/view_product/5941
http://www.stpats.com/TankAccessories2.htm

Usually used in fermenters but you could do something similar in a boil kettle. Make sure all the gaskets will handle the temps

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I have the sabco one and it is nice having the tri-clover fitting to remove everything. I like the small ones sabco uses as I can do them one handed. As you said though, it would be cheaper to have one made with a more common ferrule size.

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samc, are you adapting all of your fittings (the compression and the 90 degree elbow) from a NPT coupler welded into the side wall? If so, how often do you disassemble the MPT from the coupler for cleaning?
On my keggle I have a full NPT coupling welded in. The Parker SS compression fitting with dip tube screws into that.

On my single vessel set up, it is a hex 1/2" nipple soldered into the keg wall and a 1/2" 90 screwed on. Very simple - HOWEVER I just did my first test this morning and when the temp got over 200F, the Chugger pump started to go into cavitation and then stopped. I need to trace if it is the elbow or a pump issue. On my keggle I can pump full boiling wort through the March pumps without issue.
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This is an older thread, but I wanted to post pictures of the dip tubes I made using the sanitary orifice gaskets that I got from:
Austenitex

I used some Harris lead-free Stay-Brite solder and flux that works on stainless and soldered it with a propane torch.

photo-7.jpg   image-1.jpg   image.jpg  
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