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Old 01-09-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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So I had this Labbats keg fo a kettle for some time and recently decided I was tired of sticking my arm in there to check temps and guessing at the level of wort left, and siphoning wort out of it. So I did some comparison shopping and bought some fittings (bargain fittings guy) , a sight glass kit Forsale, a thermometer and silicon hose Austin Homebrew Supply , took the fittings to my welder friend and had him TIG the fittings into the holes I drilled in advance. Drilling was not fun I think I finally killed my dewalt corded drill. I scrubbed it all up with BKF and rinsed thoroughly, then brought 5 gallons to a boil to check for leaks and transfer. My dip tube made from soft copper and a female thread to 1/2" copper fitting worked well, and I plan to make a hop stopper for it with some 30x30 mesh I got from mcmastercarr. No new news here just happy with my upgrade and wanted to share. I'll be cutting up another keg soon, and then starting on my brew sculpture. I just picked up a used MIG so I'll be looking for scrap steel to work with. Any comments or concerns?


 
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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When you have your brew structure built my only concern with your setup will be alleviated.. right now it looks like it wouldn't take a lot to tip your current kettle (nice job, BTW) burner and stand over.
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:58 AM   #3
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Very cool. It's nice to see an installed version of my sight kit. It looks like you copied all my bulkhead locations too and I think you'll be pleased. Just be careful with that thermo probe if you stir.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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Bobby
I found that some medium walled vinyl tubing make the gap between the tube and the eye bolt.
A question for you, is there any concern about the heat and polycarbonate with leeching of BPA? I was reading this post http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/i-wi...rmenter-96622/

 
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