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Title: Tasting arm questions
Post by: will on April 12, 2011, 01:57:23 AM
So my new conical is awesome and bubbling away as I type. But is there a way to make turning the arm for samples and racking easier? I loosened the clamp but it still is tough. Would a food grade lubricant be a realistic way to make it easier next time?
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: corkybstewart on April 12, 2011, 03:40:57 AM
I've found that turning the racking tube down or at least horizontal before I close the fermenter works great.  If you have it pointed up to start the tube will fill with sediment.  I've had my conical for 7 or 8 years now and by using a trub dump about 3 days into primary and then a long primary I almost never fill the cone with enough sediment to get sucked out through the racking tube even with it pointed straight down.
But to actually answer your question I guess it might, I've never had a problem as long as I have the hard gasket properly seated.
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: a10t2 on April 12, 2011, 04:04:33 AM
Are these TC fittings? If so you'll want to use a white Teflon gasket, not the black rubber ones.
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: will on April 12, 2011, 04:26:36 AM
I have the white gasket in the position closest to the cone. The arm seems to still be tough to position. Maybe I'm not loosing it enough.
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: gmwren on April 12, 2011, 12:32:35 PM
Are these TC fittings? If so you'll want to use a white Teflon gasket, not the black rubber ones.
What's your source for the Teflon gasket?
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: a10t2 on April 12, 2011, 02:03:44 PM
For little stuff like that I usually use stpats.com - looks like they're $1.50-$4.00 depending on size.
Title: Re: Tasting arm questions
Post by: denny on April 12, 2011, 03:45:58 PM
For little stuff like that I usually use stpats.com - looks like they're $1.50-$4.00 depending on size.

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