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Old 04-14-2010, 08:22 PM   #11
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I like the inexpensive projects.

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:37 PM   #12
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nice simple project Bobby.

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:59 PM   #13
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Certainly it's a deal breaker if you don't like the idea of soldering or don't have a local source of the cheap silver solder kit.

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:06 AM   #14
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I've got something very similar on my MLT except I spent a whole **** load on other parts before figuring this out. good work, looks solid!

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:16 AM   #15
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Why not use a Copper washer? Then you could just sweat the pieces together. Saves on trying to do SS - Copper.

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:01 PM   #16
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Well, yes, that would work too but then we're not talking about sourcing parts locally anymore. Fastenal shows they have a 3/4" ID washer but it's $13 and out of stock online and in stores. If anyone can find a source for cheap 13/16" ID copper washers, it would be awesome and easy to solder.

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:19 PM   #17
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Awesome! I am looking into this to use for my chiller. Thought I could mount it inside my kettle. Slowly working my way towards the HERMS. Plus free up some room on my brew cart!

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:55 PM   #18
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$13 for a copper washer
Could you not fabricate one easily enough from the copper pipe eg;
Cut piece off copper pipe so that it can be banged flat and drilled / shaped appropriately?

I was thinking of using a penny but then I wouldn't of been able to give my 2 cents

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Do you really even need the washer on the inside of the kettle? As long as the o-ring you have there can take the temps and can form a tight seal. Why not just use that on the interior. Another option is to have a 1/2" copper bell housing on the interior of the kettle. A brass valve can than screw into it from the outside. The large face on the bell housing provides enough to hold an o-ring in place on the inside. SS washers are used on the outside of the kettle. I know SS will eventually rust if used on the inside, mine did very quickly. I apologize for no pictures i'll post a few as soon as I find the old digi camera.

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The oring will definitely just squeeze out without the washer. Bell housing? I'm not familiar with the term outside of the automotive usage. Maybe you mean a female NPT to sweat adapter? Stainless washers will not rust on the inside. The whole keg is stainless.

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