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Old 07-25-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Three-N-One Bulkhead - Stop Swiss Cheesing your Keggles

I hate drilling hole after hole in my keggles. So I kept thinking there has to be a better way. THERE IS...

I bought all my stainless from BargainFittings.com (you should do the same. Always friendly on the phone and always fast shipping.). Try your LHBS first of course, mine didn't have the right stuff.

Here is what I purchased
1 x KEG weldless bulkhead kit
- VALVE: 2 piece valve - SS
- HOSE BARB for valve: <NONE>
- INSIDE OPTION: COUPLING - Standard option
1 x 90 degree sight gauge add on / Welded kit
1 x 3" face Miljoco Thermometer with 4" Long stem
1 x 1/2" NPT Cross Stainless

Sub-Total: $74.75

Almost $80 after shipping.

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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That is a very good idea. Looks like it is going to give you a more accurate indication of the HLT since you are monitoring the exact water you are using. I always run my HLT pump to recirculate when heating water. All I need is the tee and a close nipple. I don't use a sight gauge, but this makes that option an easy addition.

I've already got the plug to fill the existing hole where I have my thermometer. It is mounted waaaaay too high, around mid tank.

Thanks for the inspiration! This will be my next modification.

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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Just curious. Does the thermometer give an accurate reading when HLT heat is on and water is not flowing? Or does it get compromised by the close proximity of the burner fire?

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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When you are filling from the QD does the level guage remain accurate or does it go higher than actual? I would think the path of least resistance would cause it to vary while the pump was on. Do you have some kind of restrictor in the top of the tube? Just wonderin.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Sorry, not a great idea.

Besides sticking out and being clunky looking, the sight glass will not read accurately when draining. You also have to plug the top when you need the diptube to operate.

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Sorry, not a great idea.

Besides sticking out and being clunky looking, the sight glass will not read accurately when draining. You also have to plug the top when you need the diptube to operate.
Not trying to be a jerk, but it doesn't seem to stick out any farther or look any clunkier than the hardware on the pot in your profile picture .

Also, why would you have to plug the top for the diptube to operate? Gravity is going to force the wort in the keggle out of the ball valve fitting regardless of if the sight glass is open or closed. Only time I could see it being an issue is the last couple inches of wort at the bottom of the keggle, when you would get air sucked through the sight glass. And it shouldn't really be that difficult or much of an inconvenience to stick a small stopper or the tip of your thumb over it for a minute or two?
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Seems like a decent idea, but I can see issues with the sight glass and draining, or filling.

But you can minimize the holes in the keggle, using the therm/sightglass combo, with separate ball valve for draining, or do the therm/ball valve as a combo, with the sightglass separate.

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I think it's a good idea...I like the look....

I know the dip tube is lower then typical, but he can just fill a gallon jug up and pour them in and mark where his levels are... Then just remember your not getting everything back out so be sure to factor that back into your over all volume.

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I think it's a good idea...I like the look....

I know the dip tube is lower then typical, but he can just fill a gallon jug up and pour them in and mark where his levels are... Then just remember your not getting everything back out so be sure to factor that back into your over all volume.
Do you mean sight glass? It's not so much an issue of marking the levels. The issue is the sight glass will not be holding liquid when the valve is open, making it difficult to know how much is draining. It essentially takes away the convenience of the sight glass.

Kudos for outside the box thinking, but I think it will fall short in actual use.
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I think this idea has great merit. I will be using this concept on my HLT, but without the sight gauge option...for now. I've already plugged the hole formerly occupied by my HLT thermometer and put together an order on stainless brewing.com. This will be done before my next brew.

And for as clunky and unsightly? I don't give a damn how it looks if it improves my process.

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