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Old 05-02-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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If you have an Ace hardware nearby, they have a bunch of different sizes near the screws and bolts. Usually around 20 cents a piece.


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Old 05-03-2012, 01:44 AM   #12
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No Ace (I'm in Canada) but we have Home Depot and other places. Or ordering on-line. Thanks!


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Old 05-03-2012, 02:31 AM   #13
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Not an bung, but a grommet... like these guys.

As long as you get the right size for the OD if the tubing and drill the correct hole size in the lid, they should be secure enough to get you by.
Hey theres another good idea!....I'd think that be air tight as well.

Couple thoughts I have to add with grommets tho-

1) The 3/8" tube would have to fit tight enough within the grommet to keep the weight of the coil supported off the bottom of the barrel, unless the coil can rest on the bottom.

2) If using compression fittings to connect the tubing to the glycol cooling setup (tubing above the lid), then the lid cannot be completely separated from the tubing without cutting the tube. Reason being, with a compression fitting the ferrule basically crimps itself onto the tube to where the nut and ferrule cant removed.

Not trying to be a putz here, know-it-all, whatever....just discussing
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:22 AM   #14
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Another option is a all in one setup. Available in Comp x Comp, Comp x MPT and Comp x FPT. Available in other sizes as well.
http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/12-B...her_p_109.html
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or buy/make something like this:
http://brewhemoth.com/immersion-chiller
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #16
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Another option is a all in one setup. Available in Comp x Comp, Comp x MPT and Comp x FPT. Available in other sizes as well.
http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/12-B...her_p_109.html
Ah, yes, I think that's more along the lines of what I originally had in mind. I think I'll try the grommet approach first since the cheapest and simplest, but perhaps upgrade to a proper bulkhead connector at some point. Thanks!
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Grommet is a great idea and super cheap too! Maybe you could have some type of collar with a set screw or something around your tube on the oustide to be able to adjust the chiller up and down. Let us know how it works out.
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Yes, I'll probably use some kind of collar to control the vertical adjustment of the chiller.

I'll also need a thermowell for my temp probe in this setup. Does anyone know a cheap way to get a stainless steel tube that is sealed at one end? I've bought one from morebeer in the past, but I'm wondering if there's a way that doesn't require mail order.
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Yes, I'll probably use some kind of collar to control the vertical adjustment of the chiller.

I'll also need a thermowell for my temp probe in this setup. Does anyone know a cheap way to get a stainless steel tube that is sealed at one end? I've bought one from morebeer in the past, but I'm wondering if there's a way that doesn't require mail order.
Do you have a way to get the stainless tube locally?
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It looks like there are industrial suppliers but I'm not sure they sell me just two feet or so. Might just be easier to order on-line. I was hoping there was something at home depot, etc. that is stainless tubing for some other application, but it doesn't seem so.


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