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Old 04-15-2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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I just got done drilling a hole in my keggle for the weld-b-gone bulkhead fitting...

Here is a pic of the keggle with the hole, and the keggle's best friend, the mash tun:



I used a 3/4" hole saw and a dremel to widen the hole a little. I have brass valve and nipples, that I have to pickle before assembling. Also, I need to figure out how I am going to do the 'dip tube'. I dont have any copper laying around and I dont feel like buying a ton of copper for a few inches of dip tube.

I'll update this thread as I make progress!

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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For my pick up tube, I bought this from the local hardware store:



I'm not really sure what it's normally used for, but I used a pipe cutter to remove the closed end and it hooked it up to my weldless bulkhead with a compression fitting. It cost about $2 if I remember correctly.

Here's what it looked like with everything connected:


 
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:21 PM   #3
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I like that idea. I might have to steal it How close does it get to the bottom of the keg?
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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Interesting...is that copper or brass?

Ideally I'd like to keep everything copper or stainless inside the kettle...even tho Im using a brass valve. Not sure why, it just feel better that way

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:20 PM   #5
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i saw the same thing at Lowe's and was wondering how that piece would work out as a pick-up tube.

As mentioned, how close does it come to the bottom? Not really happy with my current setup so I may look into picking that up.
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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I decided I dont want to use brass valves and nipples.

I just bought 2 New 3-Piece SS Ball Valves on ebay. I checked the manufacturer "MCF" and found they were full port valves so I jumped on them... $27 Shipped. This is a good deal right???

LINK TO VALVES ON EBAY

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:35 PM   #7
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Interesting...is that copper or brass?

Ideally I'd like to keep everything copper or stainless inside the kettle...even tho Im using a brass valve. Not sure why, it just feel better that way
It's a copper tube. I drilled the hole in my keggle a little over 3 inches from the bottom, and the pick up tube is 8" x 3", so it's about 1/2" off the bottom of the keg, and almost exactly in the middle of the keg. It leaves very little behind when I'm done draining.



I could have continued to drain more in this picture, but it was all hop sludge.

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:08 PM   #8
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What was it labeled as at the hardware store so i can find it easier?

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:14 PM   #9
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Yea, hook us up with a part number or something!!!

 
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:30 PM   #10
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So the suction from the spigot sucks through the pickup even though it's above the liquid level? coolio. Gonna be picking up 3 kegs next week hopefully for 30 bones
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