Homebrewing DIY: Diptube for Keggle

May 14, 2012 by Admin  
Filed under home beer brew

In this inaugural episode of Homebrewing DIY, we make a homemade dip tube for our keggle. The parts list: -Watts A-324 1/2″ MPT to 5/8″ compression fitting (.99) -90* 1/2 inch copper elbow (.50–i bought a bag of 10 for .00) -Rigid 1/2 inch copper tubing (.50–i bought a 6 foot length for about .00) Measurements are really up to you. Just cut the copper tubing to the appropriate length to fit your application. make sure you cut the copper using an appropriate tool. There will be a seperate video on this. I will be building a sparge arm. Make sure to de-burr the edges so that it doesn’t chip off into your wort. The total cost on this build is less than . Some people use stainless steel, and thats a great method as well. SS tends to be a little bit more expensive, and a lot harder to find. Copper is also said to be very good for the wort and fermentation, so thats why I used copper. It’s really up to you. If you can find and afford SS, do it. For more homebrewing how-tos, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. Please leave comments if you have any questions! Keywords: DIY, how to, homebrew, brewing, beer, keg, keggle, dip tube, homebrew wednesday, copper, “Homebrewing DIY”, do it yourself, projects

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8 Responses to “Homebrewing DIY: Diptube for Keggle”
  1. hattrick364 says:

    good idea. i actually don’t mind a little cold break getting into the fermentor, but when i redo it, i will probably look at doing that. I think that would probably be better using soft copper so you can get a nice clean bend without having to use a bunch of angles

  2. pookanc says:

    I know some people angle the diptube off to the side of the keg away from the bottom center. That way if you Whirlpool, the cold break and hop pellets form a pile in the center and your tube is off to the side away from the stuff you’d like to leave out of the fermentor picking up clean wort and not the cold break and hop pellets. Even if you don’t Whirlpool that design still helps reduce the Cold Break amount making its way into the Fermentor when you transfer.

  3. ColoradoFlyFisherMan says:

    yeah, making your own dip tube is a no brainier to me.

  4. hattrick364 says:

    thanks for the tips! I am going to be doing some more plumbing in the keg in the next week or 2, and will address that

  5. MrWillyp00 says:

    One last thing, if the copper has flux on it, it will have solder on it. Flux what needs to have solder.

  6. MrWillyp00 says:

    A couple of things. One, don’t use teflon tape on compression fittings or flair fittings. It is the mashing of the metal against a machined surface that makes the seal. The tape can actually prevent the sealing surfaces from making proper contact. It is for tapered pipe connections only.

  7. MrWillyp00 says:

    Two, the solder fittings will need to be soldered eventually. They will work loose and suck air breaking the siphon. It’s not hard; just make sure that you sand or brush the copper inside and out where it meets, apply a little paste flux (making sure the lapped surfaces have a thin coat), use standard plumbing grade solder and a propane torch. Don’t over heat the fittings. It takes a little practice. Solder will flow towards the heat uphill. Think fire and hot metal safety. Make sure it’s dry.

  8. johnandrewmays says:

    Nice! Good job!

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