$2 Dip Tube - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks > $2 Dip Tube

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-08-2011, 03:52 AM   #1
Cacaman
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Laredo, TX
Posts: 528
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts



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!


__________________
Cacaman cheap keezer build!

Quote:
Originally Posted by BierMuncher View Post

“Get your beer off the yeast cake on day 7 or your beer will crawl out of the fermenter and eat your youngest child”

“Your beer will be the equivalent of rhinoceros urine unless it sits on the primary yeast cake for at least 4 weeks.”

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
jester5120
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
DuBois, PA
Posts: 753
Liked 22 Times on 21 Posts


good thinking. can't wait to see the finished product



 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 04:32 AM   #3
iijakii
Recipes 
 
Jun 2010
Portland-ish, OR
Posts: 6,000
Liked 1781 Times on 1116 Posts


Three piece SS bling with a copper diptube? For shame

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 05:10 AM   #4
Cacaman
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Laredo, TX
Posts: 528
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by iijakii View Post
Three piece SS bling with a copper diptube? For shame
This. Hahaha
__________________
Cacaman cheap keezer build!

Quote:
Originally Posted by BierMuncher View Post

“Get your beer off the yeast cake on day 7 or your beer will crawl out of the fermenter and eat your youngest child”

“Your beer will be the equivalent of rhinoceros urine unless it sits on the primary yeast cake for at least 4 weeks.”

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #5
EarthBound
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Beer Capital of the World
Posts: 1,069
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


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.
__________________
"You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of beer."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,146
Liked 1622 Times on 1050 Posts


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
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
Coldies
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Carlsbad, CA
Posts: 572
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #8
Cacaman
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Laredo, TX
Posts: 528
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by EarthBound View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
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
__________________
Cacaman cheap keezer build!

Quote:
Originally Posted by BierMuncher View Post

“Get your beer off the yeast cake on day 7 or your beer will crawl out of the fermenter and eat your youngest child”

“Your beer will be the equivalent of rhinoceros urine unless it sits on the primary yeast cake for at least 4 weeks.”

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 07:40 PM   #9
mccumath
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Idaho
Posts: 1,063
Liked 198 Times on 191 Posts


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!).

Ryan M.
__________________
Put it all in the primary, and let the BeerGods sort it out

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 04:39 PM   #10
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,146
Liked 1622 Times on 1050 Posts


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.


__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY Dip Tube? bigirishape Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 10 10-06-2011 04:57 PM
dip tube Chia Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 2 09-25-2011 01:44 PM
dip tube resource? kegtoe Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 13 12-20-2010 03:28 AM
Dip tube Metsbrew Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 3 05-24-2010 05:32 PM
What should I do with my keg dip tube? StoutForBreakfast DIY Projects 4 01-21-2010 03:26 PM


Forum Jump