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Old 02-09-2009, 06:09 PM   #11
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After putting it together, I don't really see anywhere that I would need to dissasemble on a regular basis to clean. Maybe the weldless connection on the bottom of the MLT. But even still it's a few turns with the wrench and the connection comes apart. I plan to pump starsan and PBW through the system after every session anyways.

Well for most things I used standard weldless fittings with the only upgrade being flat silicone washers as opposed to round o-rings, I could never get the o-rings to seal properly. With the flat washers most the time finger tight is almost enough.

With the HEX coil I just used standard stainless compression fittings. Which most of the other connections are pretty much exactly like this. Except in the place of the compression fitting I just used either a half coupler and a close stainless nipple or a stainless lock nut.

Goes from inside the kettle to outside.


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Stainless Shim/Washer Silicone Washer Kettle Wall Another Silicone Washer Stainless Shim/Washer Stainless Pipe Coupler And then finally a stainless QD from MoreBeer

Now granted McMaster isn't the cheapest option so I sourced alot of my stuff from either buyfittingsonline or bargainfittings.

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:03 PM   #12
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how did you coil the 1/2" copper?



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What pump are you using?

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how did you coil the 1/2" copper?
I didn't have any one to help so I just stuck one end into the handle of a corny and then slowly wrapped it and held it tight.
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maybe tubing bends easier than the pipe sections? The 1/2" stuff I've bought for things ain't neva gonna bend with one person by hand!

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What pump are you using?
Standard March pump, I forgot to take pictures of it. Northern brewer has the version with a pigtail for $20 less than the one with. So i'm just going to mount a small watertight box on my stand with a relay and run the wire to there.
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maybe tubing bends easier than the pipe sections? The 1/2" stuff I've bought for things ain't neva gonna bend with one person by hand!
Ahh yes sorry it has to be coiled tubing. Without a bender straight pipe would never even begin to bend like this. I found some stuff on ebay that was made for drinking water. I bought a 60ft roll and only used 30 of it. Think I may sell the other 30 in the classifieds.
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wow... nathan you are going to have a heck of a time coiling hardened copper. I would return what you have and purchase some soft copper tubing. The pipe is a different diameter also.

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okay, I kind of suspected that when I tried to bend it, that there might be "tubing" and "pipe" or something like that.

I used elbows for my hlt spigot and boil kettle spigot interiors to do what I wanted, so no biggie, but will keep in mind if I want to do a new coil for my HLT.

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You should be able to anneal copper, just heat it up near red hot, then dunk it in water. That should take it back to a soft state.



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