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Old 09-25-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Seriously the easiest DIY ever for bottling bucket dip tube

I found this on another thread but had to post again because I am so amazed at the simplicity and effectiveness. I was tired of tipping the bucket and trying to get the last little bit of beer so I looked for dip tube options. This simple 69 cent off the shelf PVC elbow takes 3 seconds to screw on and eliminates the need to tip the bucket. It leaves at most 1/8 of an inch of beer in the bottom. Perfect.

Its a 3/4" PVC right angle threaded on one end. It screws right on to the exposed threads on your spicket.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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I used the CPVC one. I had to shorten the dip side a little. I just used a hacksaw and sanded it as smooth as I could. I sits about 1/16 inch above the bottom of the bucket and leaves very little behind. Enough that any transferred trub stays in the bucket.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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Nicely done!

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Old 10-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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this is a great idea. i just cant figure out a precise method of measuring the size of the thread on the inside (i do not want to take it apart). i have the basic 6.5 gallon Ale Pail with the red spigot. anyone know the size of thread? im thinking 3/4 inch but not sure

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Yes its 3/4 inch inside thread!

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Hey thanks alot for this!!
Going to bottle today and was getting ready to go through the hassle of finding a stopper and trying to drill the rubber for the copper tubing. Screw that!! I'm on my way to Home Depot with some pocket change!!

OK, I'm back.
That took maybe 15 minutes! Went to the local to the local True Value, spent buck fifty eight, came back, cleaned the bar code price tag off, screwed it on and I've got an extra 6-pack with out a balancing act!!!
YEA!!! More Beer!!

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Hey thanks alot for this!!
Going to bottle today and was getting ready to go through the hassle of finding a stopper and trying to drill the rubber for the copper tubing. Screw that!! I'm on my way to Home Depot with some pocket change!!

OK, I'm back.
That took maybe 15 minutes! Went to the local to the local True Value, spent buck fifty eight, came back, cleaned the bar code price tag off, screwed it on and I've got an extra 6-pack with out a balancing act!!!
YEA!!! More Beer!!
been using the same thing fr a year, works great. homebrew stores should start carrying them.
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just installed it, this is very weird but the beer will not come through it. cant, for the life of me, figure this out. the valve on the bottling bucket is open but nothing is flowing through. now i got to figure out a way to take the dip tube off while the bottling bucket is full.

edit - it wouldnt prime for some reason, eventually got it to work by opening the bottling wand valve. weird problem though, but ah well the dip tube worked great. still lost a bit of beer, but it was a pretty messy transition from carboy to bottling bucket so most of what i lost i didnt want.

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Yeah, the bottling tube will not fill up even with the valve open until you depress the bottling wand thingy. Mine does the same thing. Once you relieve that back pressure in the tube it should flow fine.

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LOL, I usually lean the bucket over and put a couple books under it..........

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