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Old 05-15-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default What do you use to cut your dip tube?

I want to cut 1/2 inch or so off of the serving dip tube in my corny keg. Will standard metal sheers work, or will they just pinch the tube?


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Old 05-15-2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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shears will pinch. Use a tube cutter (normally used for copper pipe) and cut slowly, tightening the wheel slowly as you rotate around the tube. The other alternative is a hack saw followed by sanding to remove sharp edge.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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I have heard many people to advise against cutting; instead, bend the tube up a little. I do neither, myself, even if I "secondary" in the keg. The first few pints are a slight bit cloudy and off-color, but it clears up quickly.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:01 AM   #4
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I used a cut-off wheel in my Dremel tool.
It wasn't necessary, IMHO.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:11 AM   #5
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I used a hacksaw. But only on one keg, after that one, I saw no real advantage to doing it to my other kegs.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:13 AM   #6
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I cut my dip tube with a razor once. It hurt quite a bit.







Oh, you mean kegs... Any of the above methods work fine, but, like enderwig, I find that there isn't much point in it.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:25 AM   #7
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I cut my dip tube with a razor once. It hurt quite a bit.
I guarantee you that every guy reading this subconsciously cringed, closed their legs shut, and grabbed their junk upon reading this.

But at least you have an excuse for the lack of length...
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:31 AM   #8
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Don't cut it dude. Just wait a little bit longer for whatever yeast sediment you have to settle a little harder, then tap.

If you wait long enough whatever crud is in there will set up and you'll later find a divot in the crusties around the dip tube. I get two cloudy pints tops if I leave the keg to sit long enough.

Just keep building that pipline, it will be OK.

But if you must, rolling pipe cutters like plumbers use.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:49 AM   #9
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I had mine pulled out with about 4-5 inches and gave it a slight bend, moved it another 2 inches and repeated.

This moves the tip off the bottom about 1.5 inches. Pleanty of clearance.


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