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Old 04-24-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
Mar 2007
Southwest Missouri (Ozarks)
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There are a few gadgets i am wanting to make for my soon to be all grain system. I want to make 2 sight tubes, 2 Thermometers, and 2 spigots all for keggles. I Also need to make a diptube for the HLT and I want to make a diptube with something similar to the bazooka tube, but DIY, for my Boil keggle. Then I want to make just a sight tube for my 70qt Coleman MLT (It already has a spigot and thermometer) I am planing on buying the 1/2" threaded thermometers from a brew store unless i can find them cheaper, but I am big on DIY and low on $$$ so I would like to try to find the other stuff at hardware stores. If anyone has any good blueprints or parts lists for any of these projects please send them my way. Or if anyone just knows a good place to order any parts for these that would help also. I am also looking at making a stand. A tree looks nice and space saving, but I want a good amount of room to work above the brewpot so if anyone has some good plans on that too. Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2007, 02:35 PM   #2
The Pol
Feb 2007
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Here is my new AG setup... works nice. Use it to brew, use it to store you $$$ equipment.

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Old 04-24-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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There are a lot of threads about how to put together the ball valve fittings in the Equip/Sani and DIY forums.

For the pickup tube, just cut some copper to length, using an elbow for the bend, and a compression fitting on the nipple at the bulkhead.

If you're using 1/2" threaded thermos, then they will fit the same coupling you would use for the ball valve.

I just bought two of these for sight tubes that allow me to use the digital probe thermos I have. I am very happy with them for the price. The only thing I didn't like was that they use a 1/4" compression fitting, where a 1/8" compression fitting would be perfect. I used a short piece of 1/4" OD silicon tubing with a compression sleeve around the probe and it works fine. You could build one easy, except finding the SS coupler may be difficult. Those parts are 1/8" T, coupler, nipple. The sight tube is the same diameter as a racking cane. You could buy one and cut it or use a broken one.

Here's my homebuild brewstand. I've since added casters and cut some off the center post. It was cheap and easy to build and gives you plenty of room to work on each level.

Here are the dimensions of all the parts (going off memory here):

- 5'8" center post. Top of 1st tier is 8" from the ground and there's 24" between tiers.
- (x3) 16" forks on each tier
- (x3) 10" crossbar (bottom of the U for the forks). Note: the forks are welded to the outside of this, for 10" between the forks, 14" outside to outside.
- (x2) 44" posts for base legs(sides of the H)
- (x2) 12" crossbar for base (cross of H), welded to the center post & base legs

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