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Old 07-08-2012, 04:25 PM   #11
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Very nice work there, bt. That weld is sexy! Did you think about keeping the original fitting on the top, and making your new hole on the bottom of the keg? That way you could mount a 2" tri-clamp on it to make a convenient dump valve. Of course, then you got to put legs on you fermenter. Still, its great to have a big enough opening for access to the inside. I want one!

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:37 PM   #12
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Thanks, I hadn't thought of that, but the "dish" shape at the bottom or top of the keg isn't a steep enough angle to get the trub and yeast out. I think I will eventuality put a rotating racking arm in on the side. Where can one purchase a rotating racking arm?

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Old 07-08-2012, 05:13 PM   #13
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Exactly what I was thinking of doing.

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If you get around to building one I would love to see it. I noticed that Better Bottle makes a small plastic racking arm that requires a 1/2" hole or so, and is removable for cleaning. It might be a great option. Does any body use these small racking arms?

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #15
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I think I will eventuality put a rotating racking arm in on the side. Where can one purchase a rotating racking arm?
First off, very sexy weld! I just bought a tig welder myself and still having a tough time on the thin wall stuff. Very nice job! If you need any more sanitary fittings or a custom racking arm made, shoot me an email through the site. Looking forward to see how this turn out.
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Thanks!, We spoke on the phone the other day about that rotating racking arm... any luck on finding the fittings needed?

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I did watch the video you sent me and see what you're talking about now. If you don't want to use a racking cane from the top of the cap, send me some dimensions on the cane and I'll bend one up. I noticed on the video they loosen a nut or clamp as well. You can try using a compression fitting with the stainless ferrule and if it drips I'm sure orings would work. I aslo have the sani ferrules (AKA tri-clamp) clamps and gasket if you want to weld that on and go that route. Just and FYI, I could have saved you about $12.00 on your 4" setup plus I'm local.

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That's great news. Do you have the 4" products on your web site? I will take another set up because I want to weld up a second one. I think the o-ring idea will work for a rotating racking arm. I'll have to give you a call to discuss. Thanks for the info.

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That's great news. Do you have the 4" products on your web site? I will take another set up because I want to weld up a second one. I think the o-ring idea will work for a rotating racking arm. I'll have to give you a call to discuss. Thanks for the info.
They are not up yet but will be in the future. 6" and 8" are available too.
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You can buy one here:

http://www.glaciertanks.com/Racking_Arm_60-90_Degree-Racking_Arm_1_60_Degree_with_1_1_2_TriClamp.html

I was also thinking of fabbing one up myself. since I don't have TIG capabilities, I was planning on cutting a hole in a blank tri clover cap and then brazing the bend pick up tube into it (with the grooved ends of the cap facing outwards) and then brazing the back side of that to a standard ferrule. It would end up looking like the one I posted, but the parts would probably cost less than $10 since 1.5" and 2" ferrules and caps can be had for cheap, and the only additional material you need is a short length of ss tubing.

Considering you can obviously TIG quite well, it seems like this would be a pretty easy project and save you a fair bit of coin.

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