1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

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1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by jimmayhugh » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:14 pm

I've been wanting to replace my current 1/2" copper-kluged downcomer for my thumper for a while now.

NorCal Brewing Solutions has a nice SS downcomer available on their website, but I like to tinker so I made my own:
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The main difference is that I can't weld stainless steel, so I silver-solder everything. :D

I'll let you know how it works out...

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by Twisted Brick » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:27 pm

Nice, jimmay! Gotta love buildin' your own stuff. And tri-clamped too.

How'd you cut the hole in the 2" end cap?

Ever consider adding a length of woven ss sheathing to end of your down tube?

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by jimmayhugh » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:35 pm

I've got some 1" carbide drills and a drill press. Slow and steady with LOTS of oil...

If you don't want to DIY the endcaps NorCal has endcaps pre-drilled in various sizes.

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by Twisted Brick » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:17 pm

Thanks. I have a neighbor who owns a CNC shop that does work for me, but didn't want to bother him for something I can buy for $10.
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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by Eire Whiskey » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:50 am

Nice! What size keg are you using?

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by jimmayhugh » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:55 am

Eire Whiskey wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:50 am
Nice! What size keg are you using?
7.5 Gal, same height as a 15.5.
It's the one in the photo, but would also work in a 15.5 gal.

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by Eire Whiskey » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:12 am

jimmayhugh wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:55 am
Eire Whiskey wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:50 am
Nice! What size keg are you using?
7.5 Gal, same height as a 15.5.
It's the one in the photo, but would also work in a 15.5 gal.
10-4 on 7.5 gallon. I'm new to kegs. I knew it was smaller. Thanks much!

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Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Post by jimmayhugh » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:25 am

Twisted Brick wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:27 pm

Ever consider adding a length of woven ss sheathing to end of your down tube?

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I have a box of SS scrubbies that work just as well.

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