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Plumbing ideasBelly Buster Bob12-23-04  10:40 pm
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Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 1944
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

after a few years of searching I finally found 3 15.5 kegs to convert for my brewery. EEEHHAAAAA...and $1 Cdn a pound.
Merry Xmas!!!!!
anyone know a CDN source for coupklings etc.???
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 1945
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 07:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

any thoughts on coupling vs nipples??
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 1304
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I prefer nipples myself

Actually it is the couplings that are prefferable. The threads are protected on a coupling where on a nipple they can be damaged as they are exposed.

Nice Xmas present for yourself too.

(Message edited by vancebarnes on December 23, 2004)
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 429
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 08:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good for you BBB!. I love my kegs. I've heard that some brewers bring them to bed with them.
Couplings here too. I just gave 'em a good scrubbing with Barkeepers Friend, after about a year of brewing

WacoBob
 

Jeff Preston
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Username: Jeffpreston

Post Number: 41
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BBB. If you want some real nice couplings try your closest Swagelock dealer.
 

Kent Fletcher
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Username: Fletch

Post Number: 672
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 03:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have to deal with kegs on our Club system that were done with nipples, many moons ago. They are an unmitigated PITA!

But I'm about to upgrade that same system, using converted swimming pool filter vessels, about 30 gallons capacity!
 

William B Roberts
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Username: Bill_r

Post Number: 50
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 05:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tripple B, may I suggest, using bushings, I made my system some 14 years ago & as I went about it I learned, outcome: using a step drill & put a hole a couple inches above the weld line, I like using a SS bushing 1/2" female x 3/4" male pipe, the 3/4 " is on the inside & weld the hex on the outside.

Your tube inside will be a 3/4 " Female pipe to 1/2" male flared fitting. The rest is easy to figure out, make it up bend it till the pickup tube is about 1/4 inch off the bottom & right in the middle of the lowest part of the keg.

Using a Bushing makes it simple for you & the welder, alingment is simple as compared to welding a coupling that you hope will come out straight & level
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1592
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 02:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BBB, I don't know of an relatively inexpensive Canadian source for stainless fittings. If you have any contacts in the plumbing business, you might ask around. At least check with your local plumbing or HVAC distributor, who may be able to order them for you, although I don't know if there will be any cost savings.

My own kegs were bought and converted when I lived in the US. I had stainless couplings welded, and I agree they are preferable to nipples. But if I were doing it again I would probably use the Zymico weldless fittings, which I think are the best choice for most people who don't want to go to the trouble of obtaining all the individual parts. What's an extra $30-$40 added to the cost of an entire system used over many years?