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Old 05-07-2008, 03:02 PM   #21
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Maybe I am misunderstanding you, but you can go to almost any homebrew website and they sell weldless fittings for ball valves, sight glasses, thermometers... one at a time... no need to buy 50 from McMaster Carr

 
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:24 PM   #22
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Maybe I am misunderstanding you, but you can go to almost any homebrew website and they sell weldless fittings for ball valves, sight glasses, thermometers... one at a time... no need to buy 50 from McMaster Carr
Well of course that's true if you want to use a standard fitting, but as I said...
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Because if you want to get creative and go with something other than the typical type of fittings, it generally means you have to buy all the parts and throw it together rather than buying a weldless fitting kit from a place like bargain fittings.
I have somewhat different things in mind for what I want to install, rather than a run-of-the-mill sight glass or valve, so I need to either piece things together myself, or buy a 'standard' weldless fitting kit and then remove the pieces I don't need - and neither is all that cost-effective. It's not a huge deal, I'm just saying that soldering would be a nice alternative if it worked out for me because it would eliminate the O-rings and SS washers, which are the problem pieces that usually need to be bought in bulk.

 
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:34 PM   #23
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Sorry i don't have the details or a link, but i remember reading a thread i believe on Brewboard aka the "Green Board", where a guy was drilling the keg and tapping threads to recieve a brass or copper fitting. He would then thread the fitting or ball valve onto the keg and then silver solder the fitting for strength and sealing purposes.

This seemed like a quality installation to me!

 
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:52 PM   #24
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I've silver "soldered" several brew pots, but this was really brazing with a rod that requires more heat than a simple propane (or Mapp) torch can deliver. The rod I used requires heating the SS up to cherry red. I can torque on these fittings no problem. A proper braze can be as strong as a weld.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:08 PM   #25
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http://picasaweb.google.com/bbewert21/SolderWorks

Sorry it took so long for the pics...I've been busy at work.

 
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:28 PM   #26
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Gotta say, it looks quite good!

 
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:00 PM   #27
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So what exactly did you solder to the keg? Is that a hex nipple, or a nipple with a nut, a hex coupling, or something else? It's hard to tell exactly.
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:05 PM   #28
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So what exactly did you solder to the keg? Is that a hex nipple, or a nipple with a nut, a hex coupling, or something else? It's hard to tell exactly.
It is a hex coupling, i think it was 1/2 threads on the outside (going into the keg) and 3/8 on the inside (where nipple and ball valve attach).

 
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Cool, thanks. I guess any of the above would work, actually.
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