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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2014, 05:50:44 pm »
That looks pretty handy and should do the job


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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2014, 09:08:25 am »
Just following up to see if anybody has used the BrewersHardware dip tube on the Bru Gear kettle.  I found the same potential solution and then stumbled on to this thread.  It would be great to know how it works for folks if anybody has tried it.  Phil indicated that he is still working on the dip tube from Bru Gear, but if this one works I will go with it.  Many thanks.

Rob

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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2014, 09:23:09 am »
Rob, I have not found a solution yet, patiently waiting on Phil I guess. I have used my 15G kettle 3 times so far, and have just been running off what I can through valve and siphoning anything else I can/want to
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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2014, 10:29:54 am »
Thanks Frank.  If I end up getting the one from Brewers Hardware I will report back on the fit.  If you hear anything from Phil, please advise as well.

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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2014, 11:03:13 am »
Will do
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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2014, 11:44:19 am »
So you think this can be inserted through your TC ferrule into the kettle, but clamped on outside of kettle?


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Yes that's what it's made for.  Basically you clamp it to the ferrule on the kettle.  It then has a short extention beyond that that you would clamp your valve onto.  In the picture below you can see the 2 large rings.  Those are the rings that your tri-clamp fittings would attach to.  The kettle wall would be to the right of that 2nd ring.


http://www.brewershardware.com/1-Tri-Clover-Tri-Clamp-Style-Pickup-Tube.html
dkfick, did you wind up using this part? What have your experiences with the kettle been? Just curious if you have found a good/better solution
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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2014, 01:06:45 pm »
Sadly just prior to the kettle coming to me I experienced a large flood in my basement.  This has prevented me from being able to brew for awhile. .. a situation I hope to resolve in the coming weeks. ..
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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2014, 03:34:02 pm »
Now that I have my new Bru-Gear 15 gallon kettle with tri-clamp fittings for valve and thermometer, i have some questions:
1) When closing the clamps, besides tight enough, how tight should they be tightened? Is finger tight good enough, or tighter
2) How long should I expect the gaskets to last, and where to source replacements
3) I am assuming a big advantage is being able to take apart to fully clean, so I should take apart after each use for cleaning?
4) Looking for suggestions for pick up tube for the valve
5) Any other thoughts on these fittings you can share

1 - Finger tight works great for me.
2 - I have mine for over two years with out a problem. others gave you good sources.
3 - Yes
4 - I have boilermaker pots, so they came with such. 
5 - keg lube on the inside, where the steel ball meets the silicone is a great help in assembly. 


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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2014, 11:19:14 am »
Thanks Frank.  If I end up getting the one from Brewers Hardware I will report back on the fit.  If you hear anything from Phil, please advise as well.

Rob

I received the pickup tube from Brewers Hardware and it will need cut in order to properly fit.  Depth into the kettle is workable.  Once Phil gets his ready I am sure it will be a better fit, but this one will work if you have the means to cut it done a little.  Once Phil come out with his, I will just end up using this one for the recirc port at the top of the kettle, so I needed it anyway.  Here is a pic with it in the kettle and rotated until it is hitting the bottom.  I probably need to cut of about 3/4'' to 1'' so it is just off the bottom of the kettle.

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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #39 on: December 13, 2014, 01:25:35 pm »
That's kind of what I was afraid of. I don't have a great way if cutting it to size cleanly. Still hoping phil is working in something, posted a comment on Kickstarter page last week looking for follow up, still need to put in FB as well


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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #40 on: December 13, 2014, 01:44:40 pm »
How large is it? A pipe cutter from harbor freight might work.

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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #41 on: December 13, 2014, 02:02:25 pm »
I would rather have it as pictured than going straight down to just off the bottom of the kettle.  I like to whirlpool though and I find it helpful.
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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #42 on: December 14, 2014, 08:45:11 am »
How large is it? A pipe cutter from harbor freight might work.

It is 1''.  Planning on just using a high speed die grinder, which will make quick work of cutting it short.  I will post a pic later after I cut it.

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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2015, 10:51:11 pm »
Hi Guys, this is my first post here, so HELLO!!....from Canada.

Me and a buddy have jumped head first into brewing.  We're pretty much set up, but I've been scrounging for a TC fitting that will allow things like sparge arms to be connected to the outside world.

I've looked high and low, and can't find one to buy.  The guys at stainlessbrewing suggested crafting one up using a TC cap, and a nipple or coupling, depending on if you're desirous of a male of female NPT end.

I'm blessed to have a good friend that can weld stainless, so I'm gonna take a cap, drill out 5/8" or 3/4" (whatever I need), and have Devon weld in a 3" or 4" nipple.  From there I'll put my loc-line sparge arm on the inside, and another TC on the outside.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

-Jeremy.


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Re: Tri-Clamps
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2015, 06:37:04 am »
We're pretty much set up, but I've been scrounging for a TC fitting that will allow things like sparge arms to be connected to the outside world.

I don't know what size you need, but you should be able to find just about any NPT adapter: http://www.glaciertanks.com/TriClamp_Products-NPT_TriClamp_Adapters.html
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