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Old 04-29-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default Problems with my false bottom..

just finished converting a Sanke keg into a brew kettle using a stainless false bottom..conversion went great...problem is now I cant get my diptube to pick up and drain any water..All the fittings are tight..Diptube is on floor of keg and for some reason its not working..If i open my valve and use my mouth to create suction it starts draining then stops..Help!!!!

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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When you say "on the floor" do you mean it's touching the bottom of the keg? That may be your issue. You'll need a little space there.

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:00 PM   #3
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When you say "on the floor" do you mean it's touching the bottom of the keg? That may be your issue. You'll need a little space there.
Yeah it is touching the floor...i attached a 1/2" hose to the barb and siphoned it..It worked great like that...dont really wanna siphon every time to get it started though...
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How much water are you testing it with?

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:15 PM   #5
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How much water are you testing it with?
Not much ..2 gallons maybe...
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try filling the whole thing, sounds like you don't have enough head to force the water up the dip tube and out. I would cut the dip tube off the floor a bit too, I'm sure someone on here will speak up with a good distance from the bottom to be.

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The water level needs to be high enough in the kettle that it's completely covering the outlet fitting to start the siphon. Having a hose connected to the output also helps considerably as it gives you more mass to continue the siphon.

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
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You need to have a hose on the outside, after the valve. The hose needs to hang down farther than the bottom of the inside of the keggle. You are STILL siphoning with a diptube, so just like with a siphon, you need your outlet to be lower than your inlet.

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