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Old 10-28-2011, 02:59 PM   #21
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I may have kinked my SS coil too much to be used for my HERMS coil, so the immersion chiller is a better idea. I might have to go and get a copper coil to replace mine, but my system isn't running yet so I don't know...

I found my compression fittings from this guy on ebay for a little more than $10 a piece: http://myworld.ebay.com/itbsllc/

I found my ball valves from duda diesel for about $10 each as well.

See if maybe those can help you out and good luck with your build!


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Old 10-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #22
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Sweet! Thanks, I'll look into it. I would love to go with all stainless components, but I already have some things laying around. I have a box of copper fittings from building my house and the extra immersion chiller. I also have a decent size length of 1/2" rigid copper tubing, so I already have the fixin's for dip tubes, recirculation tubes, and of course the HERMS coil. If I can get the stainless for a reasonable price, then I'll go for it, but if not.... copper it is! Thanks for the leads.....much appreciated.


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Old 10-29-2011, 03:01 PM   #23
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Just ordered 9 three piece ball valves (stainless steel) from Austin Homebrewing Supplies for $14.99 each.....by far the best price I have found so far. I was just leaning towards purchasing standard 2 piece ss ball valves for $12, but for $3 more, what the hell! I'm still putting together the rest of my parts list, so I'm still researching, but joenads' leads should be helpful.

Slowly but surely, I'll get this system underway very soon.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:53 PM   #24
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I hear ya, slow for sure on my end. I got a 4 month old son who likes me to make his bottles before mine...
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Selfish little brat....... Kidding. I totally understand, I have a wife, a 9 y/o, a 7 y/o, 2 businesses, a basement finishing project 90% complete, 15 other projects going on, and not enough hours in the day. Thankfully winter is approaching, so I will no longer be spending 6 hours per week with yard work, which should free up some time for working on the brewery.
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Got some parts throughout the past week or so. Pics. to follow.
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Sorry guys....hit "submit reply" accidentally. I received my shipment from Austin Homebrew Supply for my 9 three piece SS ball lack valves. They were $14.99, which is the best price I could find anywhere. One small issue with one of them though.....the rubber handle on one looks like it was melted and you can't read 1/2 of the lettering. Doesn't affect it's funtion, so I'm not sure if I'll bring it to their attention or not. As you can also see, I have the majority of the parts for my 5500w heating elements. Obviously by the materials, it should be pretty obvious that I'm following Kal's design. I'm placing my order with bargainfittings.com for my SS weldless fittings, bulkheads, etc. However, I refuse to pay $20 each for ss compression fittings, so I'm going with brass. Before anyone crucifies me for this, I have read all of the threads about lead content and feel that the content is so miniscule that there is minimal risk. I plan to do the vinegar/hydrogen peroxide bath to remove any residual surface lead and I'm good about maintaining my brewing equipment well, so I'll keep a close eye out for any tarnishing or corrosion. I just have a hard time paying $20 for a small SS fitting when I can get a brass one for $3. I can't believe that I can purchase 3 three piece 316 ss ball valves for the price of two little fittings. As you can also see by the pics, I'm making my own dip tubes out of copper. I'm also using my old copper immersion chiller for the HERMS coil. Everything else, however will be all stainless steel components. I'm just frugal when it comes to some things, but knowing me, I'll gradually swap out components for an eventual all ss conversion.
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I plan to do the vinegar/hydrogen peroxide bath to remove any residual surface lead
Can you explain this for me how to do it and what mixture should i use.
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Subscribed! I feel the same way about paying outrageous prices for certain things! I was thinking 3 bayou classic stock pots (blichmann way to pricey), copper dip tubes/HERMS coil, and spend the extra on the spa panel/control panel, as thats the most important piece of the puzzle! Be watching this thread, so i can see how it works out for you!
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Can you explain this for me how to do it and what mixture should i use.
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According to John Palmer:
"A solution of two parts white vinegar to one part hydrogen peroxide (common 3% solution) will remove tarnish and surface lead from brass parts when they are soaked for 5 minutes or less at room temperature. The brass will turn a buttery yellow color as it is cleaned. If the solution starts to turn green and the brass darkens, then the parts have been soaking too long and the copper in the brass is beginning to dissolve, exposing more lead. The solution has become contaminated and the part should be re-cleaned in a fresh solution."

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