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Old 04-17-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

With the nice weather today (FINALLY!) and perfect timing with a "work from home" day... I began preparations to get my butt back into brewing. I cleaned out my converted keg and installed my plumbing (ball valve, Bazooka T, etc.) into its coupling. Got my my Brewmometer out and installed that as well (second coupling...see pic below). After applying the teflon I noticed that my thermo face is upside down when fully tightened. After several different attempts of screwing it in at various angles it still stops upside down. I did not want to mess with it anymore in fear of breaking the thermometer...I know it is just aesthetics...but I was wondering if the NPT on the thermometer can be adjusted in any way. Or should I just deal? (I could try it in the other coupling I guess.)



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Old 04-17-2008, 04:59 PM   #2
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Bump.

Beyond my limited skills, but I'm sure one of our mad DIYers has a simple solution.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
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Maybe load the threads up with lots of teflon, hoping it will lock in before going upside down, or, just tightne it until it stop, ten back off until its upright, and leak test it.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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Simple solution, turn it upside down. If every time you install it it's upside down the turn the keg upside down , install it and turn it right side up.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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I don't tighten my thermometer all the way either. I tighten it just enough so that it is right side up but still snug. With thread tape I have never had any leaks.

 
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:57 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

I tried loading up the threads (maybe not enough) and that did not work....I think it may be still too loose if it were 'right side up'. I will have to test that while testing for leaks this weekend.

joejaz, that is the first thing I did thinking that would work...but didn't.

Gah...these little things make me nutso.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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How many turns can you get the thermometer in before it's secure? If you're talking more than 4 or 5, I would definitely try loosening it a half turn.


Also, try using less teflon tape and see if you can get it to go farther...
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:16 PM   #8
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See how many turns it take to botton out witout the tape, then load it with about 4-6 wraps of tape and tighten it 1 to 1 1/2 less turns than that untill it lines up.

 
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:16 PM   #9
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Hmm. I think I need to take the teflon off and see how how it sits when fully secure (I can't remember since I did not have it in when working on the keg yesterday). Then work from there. With the existing teflon installation I get about 3/4 of a turn to fully secure the thermo (from when it starts getting tight). I think backing it out 1/2 a turn where it would be upright...won't provide a secure install.

Test test test.

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Old 04-17-2008, 07:19 PM   #10
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Hmm. I think I need to take the teflon off and see how how it sits when fully secure (I can't remember since I did not have it in when working on the keg yesterday). Then work from there. With the existing teflon installation I get about 3/4 of a turn to fully secure the thermo (from when it starts getting tight). I think backing it out 1/2 a turn where it would be upright...won't provide a secure install.


Test test test.

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