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Old 05-07-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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So I just got a keg that I'm going to be converting to a keggle. I wanted some advice from people on how far off the bottom they put their valve. I want it high enough to leave hops and hot break behind, but low enough to avoid wort waste. Any ideas?

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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The valve is going to go in as low as you can get it. After that, you can play around with your siphon tube entry location.

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the bottom of most kegs dips below the lowest point where you are able to put your valve. a dip tube does the rest of the work for you.

i'd put the coupler or weldless fitting as low as you can and then you'll have to connect a dip tube to the inside and with that you can control how much liquid you want to remove and how much crap you want to leave behind. there are also many techniques to filter out the trub/cold break/hop stuff. stainless steel scrubby on dip tube, stainless mesh filter, strainer bag, false bottom, etc.

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You'll need to put a dip tube in, otherwise you'll be leaving ~3 gallons in the keg. One way to do this is to just put the coupling in an inch or so above the weld-line. Then put a dip tube on the inside that goes straight down. You'll be leaving the wort/break/hops that are in the center. That way when you are done chilling you can get the wort swirling, leave it for 20 minutes then come back and drain off the wort. The hop break etc. should have settled into a cone in the middle of the keg by that time.

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Awesome guys, thanks for all the input!

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somthin like that
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Got the top cut off tonight, luckily it was a lot easier than I anticipated. Weldless fittings are in the mail so I'm going to wait till they come. I got them from WeldlessFittings.com, anyone had any experience with their stuff?

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no but they look like ur standard everyday fittings. which ones did you get?

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I just got the basic bulkhead with the stainless ball valve and barb. might upgrade down the road to a sightglass, seems like a decent investment.

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from what i understand, those are pretty straightforward to install. if you have some step drill bits to get the perfect sized holes, you should be all set.

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