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Old 04-12-2007, 06:38 PM   #1
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What do you guys use as your spout-to-bottom-of-keggle pipe? (what the hell do you call that thing?) SHow me pictures. I'm using a 3.5" tall by 6" long copper L and it's not 100% impressing me.

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:47 PM   #2
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I belive its called a pickup tube. I used a 1/2" diameter by approx 8 to 10 inch long piece of copper tubing that I bent to arch from the coupling to the bottom of the keggle. I then soldered a male end to it that screws into the coupling. Seems to work very good and sucks up every last drop of liquid as long as the outlet of the hose is below the inlet of the pickup tube. There is a picture in my gallery.

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:52 PM   #3
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What do you guys use as your spout-to-bottom-of-keggle pipe? (what the hell do you call that thing?) SHow me pictures. I'm using a 3.5" tall by 6" long copper L and it's not 100% impressing me.
I'm assuming that you've got a hose on your spigot and the end of the hose is below the bottom of the keggle? Remember, you're essentially siphoning once you get below the level of the spigot.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:34 PM   #4
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I did the L-pickup tube, it worked like gangbusters for my H2O test, drained every last drop, but neither of the brews I have done with actual wort and hops worked. The first one, I had two dishwasher filter things (sort of chain-mail made from ss) and it clogged immediately. The second batch had a home-made hop-stopper of sorts made from grease-guards and a steamer dish, that worked until it got to the level of the L-tube then lost siphon...maybe it wasn't tight enough? Still trying to work out the bugs, I want to go with stainless scrubber pads next time...my brew buddy wants to make this thing as complicated as possible (he is probably reading this now)...

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Are you talking about the pick-up in the kettle? I use a 1/2 inch copper pipe with a bazooka tube, works like a champ as long as i get a good siphon rolling.

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How long is your down-tube?

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Old 04-12-2007, 08:16 PM   #7
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How long is your down-tube?
Sorry, the everyday brew words that sound dirty are another thread...
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Cheese, exactly what's "not impressing you" about your pickup tube?

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Cheese, exactly what's "not impressing you" about your pickup tube?
It fails to cuddle with me in bed at night.

What the heck do you think isn't impressing me? It didn't slurp up enough wort from my barleywine and I'm a gallon short in my carboy.
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Mine is only a 3/8 copper pick-up. It's long enough to get to the center . It's bent kind of S like so the DIY hopstoper can lay almost flat. dip tube opening is resting on the bottom but the opening is pointing towards the side. Wort wizard literally sucks it out so gravity is not an issue.

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