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Old 02-12-2012, 04:26 PM   #21
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Just put the braid on the outside of the tube like I did. It worked a treat.


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Old 02-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #22
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Just put the braid on the outside of the tube like I did. It worked a treat.
That is the problem! I can't seem to find a braid large enough to fit over 1/2in copper tube. That is honestly why I made mine the way I did, because it wouldn't fit outside but did fit inside. The only thing I can find is a water heater braided hose, and it's so expensive I could spend the same amout of money and build a false bottom instead. What size copper and what type braided hose did you use Bobby??


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Old 02-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #23
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Water heater supply was like ten bux max.
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Water heater supply was like ten bux max.
Wow, the ones at Lowes here were $25 and above. I did just find a washing machine water line on Lowes.com that looks like it might work. It was $10.00 and it's 6 ft long (which is a plus).. I'm on my way to check it out right now!
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I tried something similar to your set-up for my kettle. It worked well for whole hops, but for pellets, not so much.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:10 PM   #26
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LOWES: Watts 18" Flexible Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Supply Line

Item #: 25205 | Model #: LBLK BF-18

$8.88
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LOWES: Watts 18" Flexible Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Supply Line

Item #: 25205 | Model #: LBLK BF-18

$8.88
My Lowes SUCKS! They don't have half of the stuff you can find at other stores across town. All they had was complete water heater "kits" for $27.00.. I found something similar to a water heater hose that was 12" for $11.00.. It worked out well!

I read something on your thread regarding stainless steel hose clamps not having stainless steel screws. How can I tell if mine is stainless or not? I soaked in in starsan for a while.. I figure if it's going to rust starsan will speed up the process so I can tell.. Does that sound about right?

Thanks for the info Bobby!
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OK! This thing has morphed a couple times since I was here last. I did indeed put a SS braided hose over the the entire dip tube. It worked great! Me being the inventive type I couldn't just leave it at that, so I decided to make a false bottom and integrate them both together... Here's the pics.

DIY false bottom;
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Top - with dip tube inserted;
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Bottom - dip tube with braided SS;
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Installed;
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Test run with 170F water;
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I'll be mashing an Irish Stout in this set-up in two weeks.. Wish me luck!


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