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Old 09-12-2012, 03:41 AM   #2131
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Ok, I really really like the Tri-clamps. Is there that much of a difference using Tri's over QD's?

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:07 AM   #2132
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Ok, I really really like the Tri-clamps. Is there that much of a difference using Tri's over QD's?
I prefer tri clover because they are super easy to use and clean and the don't leak. QD's (from what I hear) leak over time. The down side to tri clover is they are expensive. Every connection needs two ferrules a gasket and a clamp. And if you get Barbed ferrules The price only goes up. In my opinion they are worth ever penny.

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:11 AM   #2133
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In the UK they often call boil kettles "coppers" for this reason. Even if they're no longer copper.

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I thought "copper's" were the men that chased you during prohibition for drinking.

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:24 AM   #2134
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I prefer tri clover because they are super easy to use and clean and the don't leak. QD's (from what I hear) leak over time. The down side to tri clover is they are expensive. Every connection needs two ferrules a gasket and a clamp. And if you get Barbed ferrules The price only goes up. In my opinion they are worth ever penny.
They are easy to clean and if you have them actually welded to your kettle like the Sabco Kettles (see www.brewmagic.com), you don't ever have to worry about grime and gunk in the teflon tape used in standard threaded fittings. For cleaning I simply detach the fitting, run a brush through the port and viola, it's clean. Nasties can't hide anywhere.

Some guys install NPT/tri-clamp adapters to their kegs and such, but in those instances, I'm honestly not sure why. The whole purpose of the tri-clamp is to be sanitary. That's why they are often called sanitary fittings. But with the threads, teflon tape, etc. they are not sanitary. They do look nice though. It could be like SS said, mainly for leak proofing. It seems to me that unless you're installing in a truly sanitary setup, the added expense doesn't seem worth it.

Don't mean to derail. Maybe those with tri-clamp adapters could chime in if they have something I'm missing.

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:57 PM   #2135
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That is sweet- details?
The shelving is just some heavy duty adjustable chrome wire shelving I ordered from www.theshelvingstore.com. 4 x 44" posts, 2 x 34" posts, 6 x 4 inch swivel casters, and 3 x 24" square shelves. Came to about $225 after shipping and it comes with more clips than you'll probably ever need. The shelving is rated to 800 lbs evenly distributed so it doesn't even bow under the weight of an almost full 10 gallon rubbermaid mash tun.

Mash tun is your standard home depot cooler with a 1/2" stainless ball valve conversion kit. For lautering I made a CPVC manifold and connected it with a 1/2" threaded CPVC fitting:





The kettles I picked up from Spike Brewing, they have a couple small dents here and there but nothing game breaking. They get the job done for a great price. Both kettles have two horizontal welded couplers. HLT has ball vave on one, T fitting with 6" probe thermometer and sight glass on the other. The BK has ball valve and just an elbow fitting with a sight glass. I picked up all the fittings, thermometer, and sight glass equipment from brew hardware. Once I get a pump, I'll use it to pump from the HLT on the bottom to the mash tun and I won't have to do any lifting other than to clean the mash tun when I'm done.

Burners are just your average banjo burner and I've got a separate propane tank for each, although you can limp by with just one if you really need to.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #2136
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I've been trying to figure out what the source of the metal in this stand is. It looks like something I've seen many times and I can't put my finger on it. Enlighten me...please!
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I've been trying to figure out what the source of the metal in this stand is. It looks like something I've seen many times and I can't put my finger on it. Enlighten me...please!
Unistrut. It's common with electrical panels and such.

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #2138
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Unistrut. It's common with electrical panels and such.
Thanks. I've probably seen that stuff at HD
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:59 AM   #2139
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I've been trying to figure out what the source of the metal in this stand is. It looks like something I've seen many times and I can't put my finger on it. Enlighten me...please!


Yes its Strut look up "B-Line"

http://www.cooperindustries.com/cont...d_framing.html

its like an erector set for adults!!!








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Old 09-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #2140
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My super simple solution to a gravity fed system
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