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Old 09-23-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default sanitary tri clover keggle conversion

i got a deal on three kegs i have yet to pick up for 20$ each. im planning on having tri clover fitting welded on and i was wondering what would be a good size. i could save alot of money by having 1.5" butterfly valves and reduce to half inch barbed fitting. if i go with 1/2" ball valves it will cost a little more but is their any better differance in the two? i also want a sight glass, thermometer and false bottom. what do ya think? ill post pics when i start getting the stuff.

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Old 09-23-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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look up klg stainless. Kevin can offer you some great pricing. I would go with 1.5" sanitary. It is very common and small enough for our purposes.

Your other option is to get the 3/4" stuff that Sabco sells, but that will be pricey.

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Old 09-23-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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they have good prices on some stuff but they dont have any barbed fitting for conecting hoses. i might order some clamps and weld feruls from them. you can get the butterfly valve for 2 dollars less from st pats. im lookin at 82.50 from stpats for the tri clover ball valve setup with hose barb. i just have to find a welder that welds stainless in my area.

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For $2 I would take Kevin's customer service over the potential disaster that is dealing with St. Pats. The horror stories fromt hat place are nearly unbelievable. There are several stories about the owner actually cussing out customers who called with questions about their orders.

For barbed fittings check out brewershardware.com. Derrin is a vendor here and makes great stuff. If you only need the barbed fittings just shoot him an email and he wil set you up.

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Old 09-24-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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anyone have any experiance with g.w.kent? it seems like a very proffesional place and their prices arn't bad. im gonna buy the fittings for my keggle and sanky fermenter from their and get a sanky fermenter top peice from brewer's hardware. the only thing i want for my fermenter from gwkent is the airation stone tri clamp thing. 4" by 1/2" tri clamp stone i can mount on the keg fermenter so when ever i want i can airate.

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Old 09-25-2009, 09:43 PM   #6
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just picked up the kegs.

-two sierra nevada, one random
-straight sided
-great condition
-$20 per keg

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Old 09-26-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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I'm in the process of putting together an electric herms setup with 1.5 tri-clovers, brewershardware has been a great find. I'm using 3 piece ballvalves with derrins' tri-clover sets.

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Old 09-26-2009, 10:43 PM   #8
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im gonna use the 1.5" butterfly valves and have the whole setup 1.5" tri clamp. i wana make a 13.5 gallon fermenter also with a triclamp pro racking port, 4" oxygen stone, tri clamp thermometer, and be able to carbonate or pressure rack the thing. thats gonna be wayyyy later on though. this build is gonna set me back a little (alot). im having trouble finding stainless welders in my area. the guy i bought the kegs from said he knows someone so if could get a little deal that'd be awsome.

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Old 11-07-2009, 03:18 AM   #9
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Just out of curiosity, what are teh benefits of using tri clamps? They look cool, but how is it any different than using a standard barbed fitting?

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Old 11-07-2009, 10:15 AM   #10
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tri clamps are a leak free sanitary connection.

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