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Old 03-26-2012, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default Keggle Dip Tube issue

Building up my home brewery slowly (no time or $$). I have my Keggle 99% done just need a thermometer.

I just got my new burner in, so I thought I should test out a few things.
I filled my Keggle with 5g of water and drained it and recorded what was left in the HLT/BK and the 1.5g left in the Keggle shocked me !!!???? Is this normal or is my DIY Dip Tube NFG ???

I also did a 5g 60min Boil (just water) and noted that I boiled off 1.25/1.5g.

Are my #'s correct ?? Any help would be great .



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You'll need a hose on the other end of your ball valve to create a siphon. The end of that hose will need to be below the bottom of your kettle to drain all the liquid.

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You'll need a hose on the other end of your ball valve to create a siphon. The end of that hose will need to be below the bottom of your kettle to drain all the liquid.
+1.. I ran 5 gallons thru mine about 3 times before I figured this out. Also make sure the hose is clamped on so no air can mix in..
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Also make sure your dip tube is airtight. Instead of the ferrule(s) it comes with, I use 2 silicon o-rings (that mine also came with).
Mine leaves almost an immeasurable amount in the bottom.

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Old 03-26-2012, 05:01 AM   #5
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Killer sight tube on the side!

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dutchoven is right. You can't pull a siphon without a drop hose on the outside.

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bobby is correct on that.

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Building up my home brewery slowly (no time or $$). I have my Keggle 99% done just need a thermometer.

I just got my new burner in, so I thought I should test out a few things.
I filled my Keggle with 5g of water and drained it and recorded what was left in the HLT/BK and the 1.5g left in the Keggle shocked me !!!???? Is this normal or is my DIY Dip Tube NFG ???

I also did a 5g 60min Boil (just water) and noted that I boiled off 1.25/1.5g.

Are my #'s correct ?? Any help would be great .
I typically lose 2 gallons to evaporation.
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WOW ThX guys !
Sight glass came from BobbyM. Hey Bobby, I noticed boiling in my sight glass. Should I look into a heat sheild as well ??

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You'll need a hose on the other end of your ball valve to create a siphon. The end of that hose will need to be below the bottom of your kettle to drain all the liquid.
This, or a pump. With a pump you won't have to elevate your keg/burner.
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