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Old 10-18-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
Sep 2010
Lake jackson, TX
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ow to build a drip tube

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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St. Petersburg, FL
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You mean a dip tube? Like to pick up liquid from the very bottom of the keg?

I'm not sure I've ever heard of a drip tube....

I'm not sure it is worth the $5-10 in savings "build" a dip tube that would retail for $15-25. Just buy one from bargain fittings:
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
Aug 2010
Fort Worth, Tx
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I used a compression fitting and some SS tubing and a tubing bender. If you have to tools it is very cheap. Find a hose house that builds Hydraulic assemblies (like the one I work for, Stuart Hose & Pipe)and they will take care of you. We just opened a location in Houston, don't know how far that is for you but you could try there.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:02 PM   #4
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I made mine out of stainless 1/2" pipe and the threadless bulkhead connector from Bargain Fittings. One 6" piece from the coupling into a elbow. Then I cut another six inch piece down so it is right above the bottom. Wanted to keep my dip tube 1/2" to match the rest of my system. Picture is my HLT. If you are using the keg to boil your wort, you'll want something closer to the edge, so something flexible. Like stated above. Bargain fittings should have anything you need.
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