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Old 03-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #821
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Good job! 1 Ferrule, 6"-8" all thread or bolt, 2 washers, 2 nuts, and a piece of 1-1/2 pipe or something similar with atleast a 1-1/2 ID and you should be good to go. That looks like a Bradford/Dixon part number they're using.

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #822
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Hmm, now I'm wondering if the reducer was even needed.

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Old 03-05-2012, 09:20 AM   #823
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Do you think the soldering techniques in this thread could be used to create a fully hard-plumbed sanitary brew rig? I was thinking of replacing all the expensive sanitary tig welds by soldering tubing into MPT tri-clovers fittings? The 1/2" OD of SS tube should mate nicely into the 1/2" ID of the fitting and cutting off the threaded part would make it look quite sharp. So would it work?

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #824
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Do you think the soldering techniques in this thread could be used to create a fully hard-plumbed sanitary brew rig?
As long as all of the solder is on the hot side, I'd say yes. Solder - even silver solder - will most likely be too soft and porous to properly sanitize with a liquid sanitizer.

Consider that many folks hard-plumb their hot side with soldered copper. Stainless would be no different. Just shinier

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Old 03-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #825
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Solder - even silver solder - will most likely be too soft and porous to properly sanitize with a liquid sanitizer.

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Thanks Joe, I'd never have guessed that silver solder would be porous. As I'm using a CFC, all my hard-plumbed joints are hot side so I'm OK (after the CFC I'm planning on silicone hose).

My follow-up then is what's the best way to make a "near sanitary" elbow in the tubing (these forums are jammed with kinked tubing, so I'm not going to try to bend it). The only 90 elbow I know of that might come close is a socket-weld fitting made by Swagelok (no, it is not a compression fitting but a true socket-weld fitting). Instead of TIG'ing it, could it be sweated?
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As long as all of the solder is on the hot side, I'd say yes. Solder - even silver solder - will most likely be too soft and porous to properly sanitize with a liquid sanitizer.

Consider that many folks hard-plumb their hot side with soldered copper. Stainless would be no different. Just shinier

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Forgive my ignorance here. I was reading through the thread and looking to start soldering some of my pieces into my kettle. When you say "hot side", is that outside or inside of the kettle? From what I've seen, the solder is applied to the inside of the kettle, just want to make sure I have the terminology down.

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Hot side, meaning that you can sanitize by pumping hot wort/water through the system. Most everything on your brew rig is going to be hot side, cold side stuff is really the only stuff that needs to be sanitary. Cold side being after your wort is cooled and drained to the fermenter. Hope that helps!

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Hot side, meaning that you can sanitize by pumping hot wort/water through the system. Most everything on your brew rig is going to be hot side, cold side stuff is really the only stuff that needs to be sanitary. Cold side being after your wort is cooled and drained to the fermenter. Hope that helps!
^ this.

As for sweating the SS elbow, I've never tried it but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work.

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Ha...duh!! Wow, really over thought that. Thanks!

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I'm still hoping for an answer to a prior question..... Does anyone have experience welding a true socket-weld fitting like this to create an 90 elbow? It was designed to be TIG'd, but what if we soldered instead? Would it be "near sanitary" (does not have threads). Most folk seem to transition from tubing to NPT pipe fittings via a Swagelok compression fitting - only to return to tubing on the other side of the pipe fitting with yet another compression fitting. This way, we have zero compression fittings, no threads, and a near perfect connection that makes sure the tube ID matches the ID of the fitting itself. I'm just saying.... Swagman? Bobby? Wayne? Yuri? Bueller....?

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