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Old 08-21-2009, 04:45 PM   #11
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Yeah, I don't run it full blast anymore...more like 3/4. But even so, it's an NG burner so gas is cheap. Jaybird's system has a great flough system that he created which funnels the excess heat around the sides of the kettle. I'd like to do something like this as well, and increase the efficiency of my burner.

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Old 08-22-2009, 12:55 PM   #12
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I have been putting the center of the bottom hole 3 3/4" from the bottom of the keg, so far no issues.

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Old 08-22-2009, 06:03 PM   #13
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are you mounting the couplers outside or half way in?

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Old 08-22-2009, 11:21 PM   #14
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I was mounting them half way and purging (Back gassing) but it was hard to see the bottom of the bottom weld. I was talking to the guys at my LBS and they said why not mount them flush:



I also made sure the threads remained ok:

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Old 08-22-2009, 11:31 PM   #15
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Flush is great if you know what you're doing (or the welder does). A few guys here have had the backs of the couplings' threads inaccessible. Mount them half way in and there will be no problems.

Mounting the thermo port that high up near the center line makes it useless with 5 gallon batches. The center weld is the 7.75 gallons.

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Old 08-22-2009, 11:42 PM   #16
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Flush is great if you know what you're doing (or the welder does). A few guys here have had the backs of the couplings' threads inaccessible. Mount them half way in and there will be no problems.
Yea, thats why I make sure I can thread from the inside. The issue I was running into with the bottom weld, when I was purging, was that I could not fully inspect it to make sure it was sanitary all the way around. I just could not see it, I guess I am getting old. If you had issues with the threads on a flush weld, do you think you could re-tap it to get the threads back on line? I have never had a problem with it.

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Mounting the thermo port that high up near the center line makes it useless with 5 gallon batches. The center weld is the 7.75 gallons.
Thats why I don't do 5 gallon batches with this one. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:14 AM   #17
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This is what I was thinking about for the smaller batches:

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I was mounting them half way and purging (Back gassing) but it was hard to see the bottom of the bottom weld. I was talking to the guys at my LBS and they said why not mount them flush:



I also made sure the threads remained ok:

did you have the plugs in there while welding or just checking the threads after the fact?
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:56 PM   #19
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I check and re-tap if needed. We have a related post going on here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/weld...out-es-133380/

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