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Old 12-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #11
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If you're thinking of mounting typical centrifugal "beer pumps" above the level of the fluids in your kettles, I think you might be creating a major headache for yourself...

Cheers!
The pumps will mount about 5" below the liquid level. Far enough to start a siphon, and will only need to pump liquid up about a foot and a half.


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Old 12-03-2011, 04:52 PM   #12
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While I was planning out the stand, I kept my eyes open for kegs to convert. The first 3 I found on craigslist.

First I laid out a circle, and cut the tops out.
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Then I planned out how many ports I would need, and where I would need them, and started drilling holes.
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I used a hole saw to drill the holes just a bit smaller then the OD of the 1/2" couplings, and then used an abrasive stone to make the holes just the right size. You want the couplings to fit just perfect, not to sloppy, ro welding them will be a pain.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:55 PM   #13
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I test fit each coupling, then welded them up. I used Solaflux on the inside for the welding. I did not want to purge the entire keg with Argon, too expensive.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:01 PM   #14
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I planned on using an immersion chiller to cool the wort, but did not want to have to take it out, put it in, connect hoses, too much work. So I ordered a 50' roll of SS 1/2" tubing, rolled it around a vessel (pain in the rear) and installed it in the Boil Kettle.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #15
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AMAZING!

And I love the antique grates.... they are very cool.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #16
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Nice job on the kegs. A friend down the street welded mine.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #17
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Next I wanted to test the welds and the chiller, So I made a batch of beer.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:04 PM   #18
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AMAZING!

And I love the antique grates.... they are very cool.
Thanks Reno
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:07 PM   #19
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Nice job on the kegs. A friend down the street welded mine.
Nice job. Love the polish job. I will polish mine and the end of the build.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:11 PM   #20
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As you can see I only have one done so far. It took about 4 hours with Gator grit and polishing compound. I'll get to the other two eventually.



 
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