After getting the element put together, i realized the solder wasn't really strong enough. I didn't feel safe that this thing would last more than a few brews. Plus doing the fittings was such a pain in the ass because as i would finish one side and switch to the other, the reheating of the elbows would melt all the solder, and the part would fall apart. So i decided to get out the brazing rods. That solved the problem for me. Here are some pics after the element was brazed together, and cleaned up a little.
Then it was as simple as throwing the element in, and bending the intake pipe, right? Well not so much. I thought i would just put a straight peice on there for measurement, and bend it to fit my needs. This didn't work out so well. I ended up with a mangled tube, that wouldn't really work for what i wanted. So i took that off, used it for a guide, and properly bent a real peice of pipe. Then i unsoldered the compression sleeve and put it on the new one.
Fixed the problem. So i braized that part back onto the rest of the eliment. Then i took my dremel, cut slots all along the bottom / sides of the tubes, and gave it a test fit. After the test fit picture i did a decent ammount of sanding for cleanup / deburring of the element, and it looked really nice.
note that i didn't get pictures of it after i sanded it down.
Then i made a nice light lager, and it worked out well. My very thin crush that i had been using in bags for previous AG brews stuck this one up a little bit. So next time i might have to crush my grains a little coarser than before. But it ended up doing good. Held temperatures fairly well, although with a malfunctioning thermometer it's hard to tell.
I used a barbed fittin on the spigot to put some vinyl tubing on the end while draining the wort.
Thanks for lookin!
- finishing keggel - tier system next
secondary - Handbanana Russian imperial - 312 clone
KEGGED - adjunct / mexican ipa (agave nectar?)
Bottled - Big stout - Black Stout - Cherry Mead - 100min IPA - Apple cinnamon mead