Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > New to Keggles.....

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
NCGrayson
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wlmington, North Carolina
Posts: 209
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default New to Keggles.....

Greetings All,

I have done a few extract brews inside on the stove with partial boils, and now am in the process of making building a solid keggle to move outdoors. I already have the keg, disassembled, and cut the top open. My big question involves draining. I'm pretty clueless as to what would be the best for my situation. I really would love to go all grain one day, but for the time being and the foreseeable future, i really see myself sticking with extract kits. Can anyone recommend the most logical solution for a pickup tube and a weldless bulkhead kit for me from bargain fittings? I'll be chilling with a 50ft copper 3/8" IC if that makes any difference...

Weldless Bulkhead Kits....which one?

1. http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=46
2. http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=46&product_id=178

Which pickup tube?

1. Whirlpool
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=46&product_id=151
2. Center
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=46&product_id=94
3. Side
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=46&product_id=157

I see benefits for all the pickup tubes....just can't decide which one will generally be the best for me. Any help from you seasoned guru's?!?!?

__________________
NCGrayson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
Copperpots_Brewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 239
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I made my own pickup tube, just using 3/8 copper tubing. If you have some basic soldering skills you can do it for less than $10. Someone has mentioned to me that they would recommend using half-inch but I just haven't gotten to that point yet. I welded my couplings and so I can't comment on which weldless is the best. But I bought my couplings and ball valves from Bobby M. All you would need to do is spend $40 to get a cooler to convert to a mash tun and you're ready for all grain! Here is a picture of what my pick up tube looks like.

image-806710604.jpg

Over time you can acquire more keggles and add extra components to them. I would definitely recommend a sight glass and a thermometer, then you can work on building a pretty bad ass system!


image-1549970540.jpg

__________________
Copperpots_Brewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 05:07 AM   #3
d_striker
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: CO Springs, CO
Posts: 310
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Copperpots_Brewing View Post
I made my own pickup tube, just using 3/8 copper tubing. If you have some basic soldering skills you can do it for less than $10. Someone has mentioned to me that they would recommend using half-inch but I just haven't gotten to that point yet. I welded my couplings and so I can't comment on which weldless is the best. But I bought my couplings and ball valves from Bobby M. All you would need to do is spend $40 to get a cooler to convert to a mash tun and you're ready for all grain! Here is a picture of what my pick up tube looks like.

Attachment 65301

Over time you can acquire more keggles and add extra components to them. I would definitely recommend a sight glass and a thermometer, then you can work on building a pretty bad ass system!


Attachment 65303
Those keggles are rad. Where's the step by step writeup???
__________________
d_striker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 12:54 PM   #4
NCGrayson
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wlmington, North Carolina
Posts: 209
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

on a side note....forgive the ignorance of this next question, but how does a keggle drain exactly? if i have a pickup tube pointing down, logically, beer isn't just going to flow out of a ball valve once opened it is ? I'm going to have to start some sort of a siphon? Will simply opening the ball valve start the siphon i need to drain the keg?

__________________
NCGrayson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
davis119
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: lopatcong, nj
Posts: 681
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NCGrayson
on a side note....forgive the ignorance of this next question, but how does a keggle drain exactly? if i have a pickup tube pointing down, logically, beer isn't just going to flow out of a ball valve once opened it is ? I'm going to have to start some sort of a siphon? Will simply opening the ball valve start the siphon i need to drain the keg?
Yup. When u have the pick up tube and open the valve it creates a siphon ..... just make sure u have a 2foot or so. Hose coming off a barbed nipple from the valve and make sure to keep the keggle above the fermenter . Just like when you bottle.
__________________
davis119 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,888
Liked 106 Times on 75 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NCGrayson View Post
on a side note....forgive the ignorance of this next question, but how does a keggle drain exactly? if i have a pickup tube pointing down, logically, beer isn't just going to flow out of a ball valve once opened it is ? I'm going to have to start some sort of a siphon? Will simply opening the ball valve start the siphon i need to drain the keg?

Some systems use gravity like the three tier setup:

gravity-set-up.jpg

or some use food grade pumps to move the liquids:

basic-brutus-10.jpg
__________________
bad67z is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
StainlessBrewing
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
StainlessBrewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Posts: 841
Liked 78 Times on 66 Posts
Likes Given: 135

Default

Don't count me out. www.stainlessbrewing.com

__________________
Stainless Brewing LLC
Equipment, fittings, valves, tubing, accessories, kegging, custom fabrication and more.
Stainless is Painless at www.stainlessbrewing.com
StainlessBrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
NCGrayson
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wlmington, North Carolina
Posts: 209
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

what's the difference between the new and the old weldless bulkhead fittings?

__________________
NCGrayson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #9
StainlessBrewing
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
StainlessBrewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Posts: 841
Liked 78 Times on 66 Posts
Likes Given: 135

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NCGrayson View Post
what's the difference between the new and the old weldless bulkhead fittings?
Nothing really new about a bulkead fitting, just not what you normally see being used. The Coupling, Nipple, Locknut, washer setup is a several piece design used to act like a bulkhead fitting at a low cost.
__________________
Stainless Brewing LLC
Equipment, fittings, valves, tubing, accessories, kegging, custom fabrication and more.
Stainless is Painless at www.stainlessbrewing.com
StainlessBrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How many keggles do I really need? sticks22 Equipment/Sanitation 4 04-25-2012 02:54 PM
looking for used kegs for keggles. buzzardman Equipment/Sanitation 4 08-25-2011 05:53 PM
Leveling Keggles? Cpt_Kirks Equipment/Sanitation 1 09-19-2010 05:58 PM
Keggles Anthony_Lopez Equipment/Sanitation 23 11-26-2008 08:58 PM
where to buy keggles? nathan Equipment/Sanitation 12 06-18-2008 01:40 AM