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Old 01-04-2011, 04:49 AM   #1
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I thought i'd share my revised brew kettle. This 5 gallon kettle is used for extract batches and sometimes as an HLT in all grain.

Last year I had cut the hole and installed a bulkhead from Northern Brewer. I was thinking about adding a dip tube / pickup tube to it. But looking at the whole set-up, it seemed that it would get pretty bulky on the inside. Originally there was close nipple through the kettle. A coupling holidng a washer and a silicon gasket to the inside of the pot and a lock-nut and gasket on the outside o the kettle with a valve.







After a year of leaving too much stuff in the kettle, or having to tip it or lean it i came up with a plan to have a dip tube, but not add a pile more fittings. I looked around and found some spare fittings from BargainFittings from an old project. Here is what I came up with:

New fitting set-up


Getting things put together


Inside complete


view from the outside


water test for leaks and ensure complete draining, about 1/8 inch left


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Old 01-04-2011, 07:22 AM   #2
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Nice work, it looks good.

Did you use a hole saw to cut the kettle

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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Uh, brilliant! That's perfect for a flat bottomed kettle, and using the stuff you had on hand makes it even better. That's gonna be super whirlpool friendly I believe.

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:31 AM   #4
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was looking for just that. nice!!
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:34 PM   #5
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I had exactly the same setup in my kettle until I upgraded to a keggle with soldered-in couplers. It worked great, and even did a pretty solid job of screening out the trub and hops after the boil. At one point in time, someone suggested putting a stainless scrubbie pad around the base to help with the filtering, but that never worked for me.

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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Nice fit.

I suppose since you're boiling it's not all that critical, but I'd flush the hell out of that fitting when you clean. Those internal threads can grow all kinds of nasties.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:53 AM   #7
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i used a couple of cobalt bits to get close and then i used a dremel with a grinding stone.

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Nice work, it looks good.

Did you use a hole saw to cut the kettle

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:08 PM   #8
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How do you thread the 90 degree elbow on the inside? Are you able to remove it easily for cleaning? I would do the same if I could easily take it off.

I did something similar for my bottling bucket. A 90 degree PVC elbow, ground down a bit to lift it off the bottom of the bucket about 1/4 inch. It is stationary and the spigot valvle threads into it vs. the inverse.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #9
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My assembly was off the bottom enough where the elbow threaded on easily. I risnsed it well, took a bottling brush to it and rinsed it again. I am going to replace it with a street elbow and then grind the threads off with a dremel, that way i dont have to worry as much about build up. Im not really all that worried cause this should always be in contact with boiling fluid.

I like your Idea on the plastic bucket, do you have a picture o what you did? you have a threaded elbow that screws onto the threads of the spigot?

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How do you thread the 90 degree elbow on the inside? Are you able to remove it easily for cleaning? I would do the same if I could easily take it off.

I did something similar for my bottling bucket. A 90 degree PVC elbow, ground down a bit to lift it off the bottom of the bucket about 1/4 inch. It is stationary and the spigot valvle threads into it vs. the inverse.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #10
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Yes, just a 1 inch 90 degree elbow, it replaces the nut for the spigot. I had to grind it down a bit to elevate it off the bottom. The concept is exactly the same as yours.

It works well.

 
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