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Old 12-08-2011, 03:52 AM   #1
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Default $2 Dip Tube

I'm sure 90%+ of the people here already know how to do this, but this worked out so well I figured I'd have to share it with everyone.

I bought a bulkhead from Bobby, and wanted to install a dip tube. I checked bargain fittings, but they had them for no less than $10, plus S&H.

I decided to go to Home Depot and try to see if I could figure something out, and sure enough, I found parts that fit like puzzle pieces in the bulk head for about $1 a piece. Everything is 1/2" in size. Here are photos:

This is the male adapter: $1.44


And this is the rest of the setup.


I already had a 12" piece of 1/2" copper pipe leftover from building a CFC, so I just had to buy the elbow and male adapter. I will be cutting he copper pipe enough so that it's at the center of the keg, and attach a piece of the leftover at the bottom of the 90 degree elbow. Hope this helps someone!


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Old 12-08-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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good thinking. can't wait to see the finished product


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Old 12-08-2011, 04:32 AM   #3
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Three piece SS bling with a copper diptube? For shame
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:10 AM   #4
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Three piece SS bling with a copper diptube? For shame
This. Hahaha
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I'm guilty of mixing copper with SS, as well, in all my brewing vessels. Copper is just so easy to work with!

BTW, this is not a $2 dip tube. More like 7 or 8.
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I've always used copper for diptubes on my own system just out of cost and simplicity but I will admit that I just picked up a 5/8" tubing bender and will be converting to all stainless. The damn diptubes were the last of the non-stainless assembly.

Yes, I will be offering up stainless diptubes to go with the weldless valves. No, they won't be $2
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Exactly what I use. Shoot I have a SS valve, Brass quick connects (McMaster Carr), and a copper diptube. Ghetto fab! I dont really care what it looks like as long as it functions.
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I'm guilty of mixing copper with SS, as well, in all my brewing vessels. Copper is just so easy to work with!

BTW, this is not a $2 dip tube. More like 7 or 8.
Agreed!
I had a 12" piece of 1/2" copper laying around, which was more than enough, and I'm sure other people do too, making this cost about $2; otherwise, yes it would be about $7.

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I've always used copper for diptubes on my own system just out of cost and simplicity but I will admit that I just picked up a 5/8" tubing bender and will be converting to all stainless. The damn diptubes were the last of the non-stainless assembly.

Yes, I will be offering up stainless diptubes to go with the weldless valves. No, they won't be $2
Let us know when they are out on the market (and the thermo/sight glass shields). Can't wait to blow another $100 in converting to stainless
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Bobby,

Certainly be interested in "test driving" one of those stainless dip tubes for you if you were to toss one in a little later this month when I order up my valve and sightglass for the keg I am polishing up (thanks for that too!).

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I think the ship has sailed on stainless sight glass protector tubes. I spent a lot of time last year trying to find a fabricator that could make very neat slots in tubing. Ironically, I even called shops that claimed "custom slotting" and "tubing specialists" and none of them took the job.

Test driving a stainless dip tube huh? I'm afraid it didn't take much more than one or two bends before I mastered it so there aren't too many prototypes floating around.


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