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Postby raketemensch » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:46 am

I’ve got a second keg to use as a thumper, and enough 2” pipe to plumb it up. I located a 2” tee, which I would solder a flange onto for attaching to the snake port, but it’s the plumbing inside the tee that escapes me.

The single inlet/outlet that I’m trying to sort out... I know it’s been done many times, but I can’t seem to find good plans for it.
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Truckinbutch » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:02 am

There are several threads that have diagrams . Try the Google search function . It's a relatively simple deal once you see a picture .
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Danespirit » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:58 pm

It essentially just a "pipe in a pipe" construction...like a Liebig.
The smaller pipe goes down towards the bottom of the thumper, the larger diameter sits over this small pipe connecting only to the top of the thumper (it's the outlet to the product cooler).
The left side of the drawing shows how a Liebig could be integrated into the build.
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Kareltje » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:18 pm

Or like:
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In drawing:
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I made mine of a 15-15-22 mm coupling, filed out the rim in the 15 to 22 mm part, so the 15 mm pipe could go through the coupling to the bottom of the thumper.
That is the input.
The output is the rest of the 22 mm and then to the 15 mm side opening.
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby raketemensch » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:33 pm

Sweet, I have a 2" to 3/4" reducer here, that works perfectly.

I'll have to reduce the 2" coming from the boiler down to 3/4", dropping it through the reducer down into the thumper, then all the vapor rising from the thump will be forced into the T, and out the side to my liebig.

Thanks, everyone.
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Postby Truckinbutch » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:17 pm

Glad you can see where you need to go now . I'm not good at referring threads I have read or I could have helped more .
Just remember that bubbles to the bottom of the thumper usually result in good things dribbling from the condenser .
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Shine0n » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:18 pm

If you have enough 2" go all the way to the thumper before reducing, I wish I had done that!

I have enough 2" and soon as I have some time might make that change.

Very simple build!!!
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby raketemensch » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:13 pm

I’m perfectly happy with the flute, but the thumper still calls to me. I have to try it.

I was (more) ignorant when I first started, so I picked up almost 4’ of 2” for what ended up just being a tall pot column. I should have enough to go keg -> keg, but I’m still looking at a parts list that will catch “the accountant’s” eye. Gotta be crafty.

2" copper elbow 11 http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-inch-90-Degre ... Sw4IlZeN0g
2" copper tee 24 http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-034-Copper-Te ... 1217626496?
2" ferrule 15 http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Copper-Tri-Cl ... Sww5hZI3nZ
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Swedish Pride » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:24 am

thought you needed a tee like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-3-4-x-2-Wro ... SwB09YKiq6

so you reduce to 3/4 just before goign in to the keg, the 3/4 goes all the way to the bottom and then the vapour comes up out the side of the tee.

no room for the vapour to go out if you use 2" all the way in to the keg, well actually I don't think 2" will fit in to the keg, never tried it but wuoldn't have though so.
from my reading I believe 3/4 all the way is ample, if you have it, else work with the 2" you have.
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby raketemensch » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:06 am

Well, that’s my plan, except I already have the 2” to 3/4” reducer here, so I’m buying a cheaper tee.

Or, at least, what I thought was a cheaper tee. That one’s only a dollar more, might as well save the soldering. Good find.
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Re: Anyone know of a good thread describing the plumbing of

Postby Shine0n » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:26 am

You'll love it the same as long as you have fill ports and drains, if not it can become a Hassle to pick them up and drain.
I'm still young and strong enough but very soon I'll add those elements to save my back.

I have 1" from the 2" and haven't had any problems, 3/4 is small as I would concider going though. I feel safer with the 1"
I didn't document my build as well as I should've and I may still rewrite it so it can be followed, I will document my next one a bit better.
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Postby raketemensch » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:22 am

Well, I have one keg with fill/drain ports, and one without. I’m seriously thinking about picking up one of those 26 gallon boilers come Christmas, then I can use the ported keg for a thump. So this might have to wait.
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Postby Truckinbutch » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:10 pm

I can't stress how important fill and drain ports are . Without them , I would not be stilling .
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Postby raketemensch » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:58 pm

Yeah, it makes all the difference for sure. I can just barely get my hand and arm into the 4” port on the top of my keg, which is crucial when I’m boiling with bananas...
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