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Old 04-13-2007, 03:44 AM   #21
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The DIY hopstopper worked wonders for the second batch in a row. My dip tube is a copper L like many others. I run it down to just about touching the bottom concave of the keggle. Because of this, I drilled about nine 1/8" holes around the circumference of the tube, right at the bottom. I leave maybe a half cup of wort behind. Of course, this is because the DIY hopstopper keeps it from clogging. Make sure your dip tube doesn't leak air where it meets the bulkhead. That'll kill a siphon quick.


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Old 04-13-2007, 04:12 AM   #22
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Here's mine:



It's a More Beer domed false bottom with a piece of silicone tubing attached.


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Old 04-13-2007, 01:28 PM   #23
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...Because of this, I drilled about nine 1/8" holes around the circumference of the tube, right at the bottom. I leave maybe a half cup of wort behind. Of course, this is because the DIY hopstopper keeps it from clogging. Make sure your dip tube doesn't leak air where it meets the bulkhead. That'll kill a siphon quick.
A couple of great suggestions here. Good call on the drilling. I think that might be a problem with mine, that the trub on the bottom jams up everything else.
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How long is your down-tube?
About an 1 1/2" after the elbow plus the "T" with the screens on it. So another inch. it is only about 1/2 inch off the bottom of the kettle.

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Old 04-13-2007, 02:01 PM   #25
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It will only siphon until the wort level hits the highest opening in the tube. If that's 1/2" off the bottom, you'll leave a bit of wort. I have no idea how much that is in volume.
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:17 PM   #26
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Right, but how far from the bottom of the keggle is your bulkhead? Mine's about 3-4" high.
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Mine is also 4" high but it has no affect on the siphon at all. It could be 10" high. It's all about how high the first air leak can be.
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Mine is also 4" high but it has no affect on the siphon at all. It could be 10" high. It's all about how high the first air leak can be.
I might need to look at doing some soldering.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:01 PM   #29
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Here's my old one in my new pot. I'm going to cut down the length of copper tubing between the braid and the elbow. All of the copper parts are simply press fit together. It does a pretty good job, even with hop pellets


 
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Right, but how far from the bottom of the keggle is your bulkhead? Mine's about 3-4" high.
It is right above the weld where the skirt meets the bottom of the keg.
You can see in the pic that it is almost right on top of the weld. About an 1/8th above.

I found that if you are going to solder everything inside on your pick up tube, make sure tha tit will all still line up, inside & out, when you screw it all together. I left the elbow unsoldered where it meets the longer tube so I could still rotate it and take it apart to clean it. If the joint doesn't stick together good enough, just squeeze with pliers a little bit and they should fit together snug enough to stay.


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