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Old 09-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Water Tight issues with weldless keg

Hey guys, my friends and I are doing our first electric brew setup and we have all the parts we need thanks to all of the posts on here. We have the holes drilled and want to put the heating element in without welding and are having problems keeping it water tight. Any tips would be super helpful and we can put pictures on here if you would like, but I figured that everyone pretty much knows what it looks like. Thanks a ton in advance!


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Old 09-07-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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do you have those thick red silicone o rings and a bulk head set up?
http://weldlessfittings.com/kettlefittings.html


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Old 09-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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Yes I do! I went per directions of a few of the posts on here and got the bulkheads and o-rings from bargain fittings.
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=167
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What size hole did you drill? I believe 7/8" is the correct size for a 1/2" set up
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I want to say it was 1 1/4". However big it was the threads fit snugly in the hole so you almost have to thread it in the keg.
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Did you tighten with a wrench?
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all the cool kids are soldering their fittings

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/sold...lement-265505/

as for the weldless fittings, they are best only snug, not as tight as you can get them...
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as for the weldless fittings, they are best only snug, not as tight as you can get them...
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yeah we did tighten it with a wrench. Should we only hand tighten them? and Slakwhere: I read that the soldered fittings weren't a good way to go because of the heating then cooling constantly can lead to the solder cracking.
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yeah we did tighten it with a wrench.
If you have not used a wrench and you are having a leak, use a wrench


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