Why do most people use a copper dip tube?

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

jaginger

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2009
Messages
493
Reaction score
6
Location
Austin, TX
I am trying to figure out my dip tube situation. I have a 1/2 weldless bulkhead going through kettle. I was thinking of just adding a stainless elbow onto that inside and pointing down toward the bottom of the kettle. Then I'll probably add a very short nipple to the elbow to get me right down to the bottom of the kettle. It will be near the wall as well, since I'm elbowing right from my bulkhead.

Is there any reason this is inferior to doing a copper dip tube and bending it near the kettle wall? Seems my way is a lot simpler and probably a few bucks cheaper. I don't solder so the simplicity is a fairly large advantage. Who can talk me out of doing it this way?
 

nostalgia

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 9, 2008
Messages
2,397
Reaction score
112
Location
Port Murray, NJ
I used a copper dip tube because it's cheap, available at my local hardware store (which SS fittings are not) and I can solder.

Other than that, sounds like I'm doing the exact same thing as you, but not stainless.



I also used my thermo port to make a whirlpool nozzle, which works a treat.



-Joe
 

wyzazz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 27, 2009
Messages
4,258
Reaction score
64
Location
Atwater, OH
Cheap, easy to work with, and some copper in your boil is beneficial to your yeast.
 
Joined
Nov 6, 2007
Messages
62,016
Reaction score
6,918
Yep, Most people use copper because it's cheaper than SS and simple enough to work with.
I bought a torch and learned to sweat copper for brewing and it's just a nice skill to have now, knowing if I have to repair a pipe in the house, I know how and have all the tools.
 

nostalgia

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 9, 2008
Messages
2,397
Reaction score
112
Location
Port Murray, NJ
Kinda off topic, but how did you get that first picture? Did you put the camera in the bottom of the kettle?
I had my kettle gnomes take it for me. They're pretty handy with a camera. ;)

But really, I just put the camera on the bottom of the kettle, reached in and pressed the button. I put it on macro mode first so it would focus close-up.

-Joe
 

klyph

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2009
Messages
1,792
Reaction score
53
Location
North Pole, Alaska
I had my kettle gnomes take it for me. They're pretty handy with a camera. ;)

But really, I just put the camera on the bottom of the kettle, reached in and pressed the button. I put it on macro mode first so it would focus close-up.

-Joe
Kettle gnomes FTW

 
Top