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Old 12-17-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Dip tube in corny

Well, my father in law had an old ball lock corny sitting in one of his barns, dug it out, and left it in my driveway the other day. I opened it up just now and found that it's missing the beer out dip tube (the long one).

My question is: does anyone have any ideas on how to replace this without ordering a new tube online (my LHBS is small and can't get dip tubes). Does anyone have any experience with using something else in its place?

I have 5 gallons of Edwort Haus Pale ready to keg! Thanks.



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Old 12-17-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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I think you could just use a piece of 3/8" copper tube and flare one end. Lemme double check on the diameter, though.



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Old 12-17-2009, 09:47 PM   #3
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In theory you could get a length of SS tubing, bend a flange on it and be good to go.

In practice, if you plan on using the corny on a regular basis, it might make sense to find the correct replacement tube.

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Could be 1/4" tube, not sure, just match it up to the size of the gas in tube and get the appropriate length. You'll need a flare tool to make it work.

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I think you could just use a piece of 3/8" copper tube and flare one end. Lemme double check on the diameter, though.

Not a good idea to use copper. It reacts with CO2.
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Good idea. The flare is going to be the difficult part. I'll stop by Home Depot tomorrow after work and check out their SS tubing (which I'm sure is nonexistent...).

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Just found this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/kegging/soda-kegs-fittings/soda-keg-repair-parts/soda-keg-liquid-dip-tube-23-long.html

$20 for a dip tube. You can almost pick up a used keg for that much. I take back what I said earlier about buying a replacement.

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Would flexible aluminum tubing work?

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$5 dip tubes at Chi.
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$5 dip tubes at Chi.
Thanks for that link. It's the best price yet, although the shipping is $10.20 for USPS Priority.

I think I'm going to stop into a few hardware stores and see what they've got for me. If not, I'll order the tube (+ a complete set of new O-rings, just because) from CHI.


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