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Old 01-19-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default Bottom drain on keggle

Built this bottom drain in my keggle a while back. In the future I plan to go with 3/4" pipe instead of 1/2" since it would be easier to dump the hop/water slurry out a valve (the valve would be a 3-way valve, inlet, 1/2" reducer to QC, 3/4" dump).

Anyway for this build I used 1/2" pipe


Copper tubing and flaring tool


closer look at copper piece. I first flared it, then turned it over on the other side of the tool and beat it even flatter with a hammer


Flare and pipe bending set (Harbor Freight I think)


Step bit and cutting oil...er pam... I've bought actual cutting oil since I built this... (My wife kept getting annoyed that I'd steal the PAM and leave it in the shop)

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Hole drilled (5/8")


What it looks like from inside the keg


Closer look from inside


Whole thing assembled

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Closer look at the bottom drain

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AmRPfOaxPHw/S1YZZ87eD9I/AAAAAAAABGI/6eEJ76fkWdo/s800/P2250037.JPG

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You'll really want to make sure to get the right flux to solder to the stainless. I did get it to work eventually but it was a lot of trouble, and I ended up putting JB weld around the fitting (on the outside of the keggle) just to help. Also secure the copper tubing to the rim of the keg as well, the fitting soldered to the keg won't take much torque before it leaks.

Wish I'd had this when I did this project
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/soldering-stainless-steel-155782/

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Old 01-19-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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I like it...more pics! How much was that pipe set from HF? And does it come with a tapping set as well?

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I like it...more pics! How much was that pipe set from HF? And does it come with a tapping set as well?
$9.99. It works for what you need to do. Not professional equipment, but a darn good price

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=5969

I'd have to look into what a tapping set costs.
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Nice.. very simple and does the job.

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:20 PM   #8
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Do you ever scorch your wort in the drain tube? (kinda sick sounding phrase ehh?)

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I've never used it on a propane burner in this configuration, I'd be worried about scorching if I did. I'd probably try to add a heat shield and recirculate throughout the whole boil. This kettle is electric so no need for any of that.

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Old 01-26-2010, 11:32 AM   #10
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So, how's this working? Is the 1/2" tube able to handle rinsing debriss out of the keg without clogging?

I might like to solder a 3/4" SS half coupler into the bottom of a megapot...but I do like how that "lip" works to keep a good seal on your build.

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