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Joe DiBenedetti
Junior Member
Username: Docwino

Post Number: 84
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 06:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Normally my brew days are on Saturday while the wife and her mom are out doing their weekly shopping. My father in-law asked if I would go the nursery with him to pick up some tomato plants and other odds & ends, so I put everything on hold till today. It was the first my wife has seen the complete brewing process and she was fascinated. Even piched the yeast for me. Now she can tell everyone that she made beer. After I took my OG reading she asked what I was going to do with the sample in the flask. When I told her I was going to dump it she asked if she could have a taste first. All she said was, "Gawd, that's sweet enough to give you tooth decay." Gotta love this hobby. Now comes the time I hate most about home brewing----Lag Time.
 

Paul Muth
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Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 134
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 08:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Joe,
That's awesome. You have got to love this day.

PJ
 

Joe DiBenedetti
Junior Member
Username: Docwino

Post Number: 85
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 08:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul,
Just hit your profile and home page. To bad we live at oppisite ends of the country. I think if we ever got together we could show these "young pups" a few new tricks. Oh and not to worry, at 63 I still have enough hair for the both of us.
Besides anyone that is a fan of flare fittings is speaking my language. Easy assemble----dis-assemble----easy to clean---no muss no fuss and no leaks.

(Message edited by docwino on March 21, 2005)
 

Paul Muth
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Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 135
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 01:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Joe,
You did good. I got a good laugh on that one.

Flare fittings? You betcha..! As you said, quick and easy.

I've been messing lately with Swagelok fittings. They are very expensive but really look promising for us brewers. When I get done with the experiments, I'll have to add a page on my site about them. (Yea, I also need to do some updating on my pages. )

PJ
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2743
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There might be some hope for us old farts yet. I got a couple of years left till I turn 60, and there's still enough p*ss and vinegar left in me to do some damage.

I agree that Swagelok fittings are very cool, a work of art in terms of industrial design. But the price! I used to have a friend in the process control business who could get them for me at cost. But that was a couple of lives ago; here in Canada they are so expensive they make you gag.
 

Matt Lucey
Junior Member
Username: Knockkneedman

Post Number: 27
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 02:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Paul, did you ever get those VCR fittings figured out on that keg?
 

Paul Muth
Member
Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 136
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 01:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Bill,

There is always hope for us 'ole farts. Hey, it's our way of life.. lol..

I totally agree with you on the Swageloks. Way cool but pricy. Their total design is awesome. I think it would be VERY easy to use those fittings for a bulkhead in any container. Interchangeable hookups, quick connects and hose connections are all part of it.

I was able to hook up with the regional wholesale distributor. He agreed to deal with me as one of his customers. I'm feeling great about that. He even gave me a tour of his facility. Geeze, I was like a kid in a candy shop..

Matt,

Yes I did. I got a number of pieces to make up the keg fittings. I am waiting for one more Swagelok fitting to arrive along with a miniature pressure gage that I ordered from them. My next step is to get a set of normal corny QDs that I can adapt to Swagelok. I'm close to having an awesome unit. It'll be perfect for a picnic or a day fishing trip. Hey, It'll even fit into the saddle bags on my Harley. Ha, what a trip that could be. I have an insulated pack liner for the saddlebag where I can ice it down. I've got my little paintball coČ dispenser to boot.

Have Harley Dresser - will travel.. What a hoot..

Matt, I'll email you pix and follow up as soon as I get the balance of pieces in place.

Thanks again,
PJ
 

Roger Herpst
Junior Member
Username: Roger456

Post Number: 80
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 02:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've googled 'em, and I can't find a picture of a swagelok. What are they? Like a compression fitting? A quick disconnect? A TV dinner? I want to get away from barb fittings!
 

Paul Muth
Member
Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 137
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 03:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roger,

Take a look at this site:
http://www.swagelok.com/

Just look around on that page for links and you will see a lot of there stuff.

This page, as an example, has their pipe fittings:

http://www.swagelok.com/category.asp?tp=114&tpd=Fittings+%2D+Pipe+&group=FITTING S&bigp=Pipe.jpg&groupDesc=Fittings

I don't quite remember where, but one of the links has a complete downloadable catalog (section by section) in PDF format.

Their stuff is awesome.

HTH,
PJ

Oh. Oh.. I forgot to add - barb fittings just plain suck.. (Ha, you knew that already. sorry)

(Message edited by pjmuth on March 22, 2005)
 

Paul Muth
Member
Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 138
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 03:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roger,

Ok, I found the link for the PDF product files. Just click on the language link and you are there.

http://www.swagelok.com/references/catalogs.asp

Also at the top of the page you will see a list of other manuals and technical data pages that are available.

HTH,
PJ
 

Joe Rovito
Member
Username: Joez8

Post Number: 135
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 04:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

With a little patience, you can purchase Swagelok stuff on Ebay. I scored some right angle 3/8" pipe to tube adapters for my lexan sight glass HLT. Got ten for $40. Ebay is a great resource for Tri-clover stuff as well.
 

David Lewinnek
Junior Member
Username: Davelew

Post Number: 46
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 02:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why do people like swageloks so much? I don't plan to switch, I'm happy with the polysulfone quick disconnects I got from this site's sponsor, I'm just curious about the advantages of swagelocks.
 

Richard Shaffer
Junior Member
Username: Mr_baseball

Post Number: 90
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 12:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bullit proof, easy to disconnect, stainless, multiconfigurable, size adaptable. Richard.
 

Roger Herpst
Junior Member
Username: Roger456

Post Number: 88
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 08:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ha ha, I would've thought that swagelok.com would be the first thing to pop up on google. And I just tried it. And it did. Wow. I'm awesome.