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Old 11-09-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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What are people using to connect tubing to this? I'm using blichmann quick connects for everything, so I'd prefer a 1/2" thread instead of a 3/4". Does a 3/4 to 1/2 stainless elbow exist? I know I've seen bushing adapters, but then I'd have to add a 1/2" to 1/2" male.



 
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the blichmann QC's, but I use a 3/4 to 1/2 reducing coupler and an F type camlock. I prefer connecting straight in, so I'm happy like that.
For your application, I would guess the 3/4 to 1/2 reducer + female elbow + close nipple would probably be the cheapest option.
3/4 female to 1/2 male elbows seem to be real hard to find.



 
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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I would just use this fitting (it's what's on my center inlet, stainless, pump head). You could put an elbow on it after if you really want to. Personally, I don't see the need for the additional fitting though.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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I ended up getting a 3/4 female to 1/2 male thread adapter from mcmaster to minimize the amount of fittings threaded on. Total rip off at $35 but not a lot of options out there. Wish there was a 1/2" center thread SS pump head...

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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http://www.mcmaster.com/#51205K324 for those interested

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:50 PM   #6
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For that price, I would have waited for Bargain Fittings to get their item back in stock. Considering it's all of $4.50 each.

Oh, and More Beer has them in stock... If you placed the order online, I'd cancel it.
BTW, you hit the wrong part number, it's 51205K324
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:15 AM   #7
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Sorry, fixed the link. I picked up the 3/4 to 1/2 adapter from McMaster because the coupler you linked on more beer requires screwing this nipple on to the coupler to make the fitting i wanted. I'd like to minimize the threaded connections. But the cost of the coupler and nipple is only $10 compared to the $35 adapter on Mcmaster.

 
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:10 AM   #8
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I use all camlock QD's on my silicone tubing, which are pretty low cost. I don't see how spending $30 more on the one fitting, that you still have to transition to the hose with, is a good idea. Especially since once it's installed, you're probably not going to remove it.

As for the 'extra' nipple, not needed at all. I simply used a male threaded camlock fitting (male threads) to connect to the coupler. So, one adapter, one QD and good to go. My cost, to adapt the inlet was $8.49 (plus shipping)...
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:21 AM   #9
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Good points, but i already have the blichmann quick connects on all my tubing and the threaded nipple (or the adapter i got) is needed to continue with those. I appreciate the camlock recommendation though

 
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:31 AM   #10
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I would have gotten a fitting that would have worked with the <$5 adapter. Would have still ended up costing less, IMO.


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