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Weldless Bulkhead with Integral 5/8" Dip Tube (for KEGS)

tnWLdip58Model: WLdip58 - $36  

This is a true Brewhardware exclusive. Instead of buying a separate weldless drain bulkhead and dip tube compression assembly for your Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) or Boil Kettle (BK), get it all in one compact piece. What's more is the 5/8" OD dip tube has a larger than 1/2" inside diameter for absolutely no restriction. This becomes more important when you integrate a pump into your brewery. Even if you don't have a pump yet, be smart and buy the high flow diptube the first time.

Instead of including the typical metal ferrule rings to compress against the tubing that is typical of all compression fittings, we use a Nylon/ Delrin high temp and food grade plastic. The advantage to doing this, in this particular application is that you get a seal by simply tightening the compression nut hand tight (or a quarter turn more than that if you have delicate hands ;-)). Metal ferrules require a ton of torque to initially seal and the ring and removing for cleaning requires a wrench.

Note: if you're looking for a dip tube for a flat bottom pot, please consider the weldless bulkhead option #3 as a better/cheaper alternative.

Install Requirements:

  • Drill a clean 13/16" (ideal) or 7/8" (a little loose but OK) diameter hole in your keg or pot taking care to avoid any wall contours that may prevent the silicone gasket from sitting flat on the inside wall of the vessel. Remove the thin locknut and SS washer from the assembly insert through the hole from the inside. Then slide the metal washer on and thread the locknut on until snug. Do not overtigten. During leak testing, if you get a few drops of liquid, snug the locknut another 1/8th turn and check again.
  • The last step is wrapping the end of the threads with some teflon tape and then a ball valve of your choice. Of course, you can thread on any kind of fitting with 1/2" female threads as an alternative. Note: the ball valve will NOT make contact with the exterior locknut in this design. The seal and locknut assembly is completely separate from the ball valve attachement. You will see a section of threads between the nut and ball valve and this is normal.
  • The dip tube height may need to be trimmed in some cases. In a hot liquor tank, you want the opening of the tube to sit about 1/8" off the bottom. In a boil kettle, you can rotate the diptube so that the opening is about 3/4" off the bottom offset from center to leave some trub in the center dish. To leave even more behind, reverse the diptube so the short end is in the compression fitting.

 

 


 

 

Need a spare or replacement nylon compression ferrule?

Note: if it's for the WL58dip product above, you want the 5/8" version selectable below

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0 # Q 2012-10-05 20:57
Why is this sooo expensive ?
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+1 # Bobby 2012-10-05 22:07
Quoting Q:
Why is this sooo expensive ?


It's a custom made assembly. Price out the individual components and see what you come up with. Search for a 1/2" npt x 5/8" tube compression bulkhead adapter, it won't be like this one but should give you an idea of the price. One foot of 5/8" SS tubing, a flat silicone gasket and two orings. Add labor for cutting, bending and assembly.

If you can find this cheaper somewhere else, let me know!
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0 # Kerry 2012-10-18 14:03
I love this idea, but I have 1/2"NPT ports on my kettle, so I would need a thread in fitting not a weldless.. Can it be done?
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+1 # Bobby 2012-10-18 14:43
Sure, it's on a different page: http://www.brewhardware.com/valves/116-12diptubes
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0 # Kerry 2012-10-23 02:28
ok great thanx! Do you do custom bends in the 5/8" tubing?
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0 # Bobby 2012-10-23 04:29
Quoting Kerry:
ok great thanx! Do you do custom bends in the 5/8" tubing?


Sure, I just need the angle and leg lengths.
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+1 # rustym 2012-10-26 13:19
I received this in the 3 port Premium kit along with the 3" Thermometer, 3 port ball valve and weldless sightglass kit. This is some quality equipment! I'm converting a keg to an HLT and the 5/8" diptube will certainly fill up my mash tun quickly. The sightglass is another piece of quality equipment. I'd read alot on HBT that Bobby's sightglass was really nice but you don't realize how good it is until you get it in your hands. I'm really satisfied with all that I received. I've ordered this typ of hardware from one of the other brew hardware suppliers and their stuff was good but I'll only order my hardware from Bobby now that I've seen firsthand what he delivers.
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0 # Q Master 2012-10-27 06:35
I totally agree with Rustym on the quality of these! Very good and very solid, on top of that prompt delivery!

I am going to install all three ( HLT, MT, Boiling Tank).

What's the best way to install them, I plan to mark the keg inside and drill a pilot hole from inside. Is there a better way ?

Also what's the typical installation for the thermometer, should I install them 3-4 inches on top of the valve or to the side ?
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0 # Dallas 2012-11-27 21:38
When installing the ball valve, it will directly thread onto this correct? Is there an additional gasket/oring you need between the wall of the keg and the nut?

Do you have install instructions? I assume you put the bulkhead on first then the dip tube correct? Thanks for answering my questions!
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0 # Bobby 2012-11-27 22:16
Quoting Dallas:
When installing the ball valve, it will directly thread onto this correct? Is there an additional gasket/oring you need between the wall of the keg and the nut?

Do you have install instructions? I assume you put the bulkhead on first then the dip tube correct? Thanks for answering my questions!


Dallas, the best instructions I have right now is this video: http://youtu.be/zHAS7iwWLmQ?t=14m31s

No gasket needed on the outside of the pot, just the thin SS washer and then the nut.
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0 # Dallas 2012-11-27 23:07
Whoa... how did you send me a video that started at the exact time you answered my question? That was perfect!

By the way, the dip tube is A LOT bigger than it appears in the picture. Looks perfect for my pump. Thanks Bobby.
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0 # Michael H 2013-01-25 20:49
I ordered this bulkhead-diptub e combo as well as a 3pc ball valve and a sight glass. If you hesitant at all about ordering any of these, don't be! These are quality pieces. The picture doesn't do the bulkhead combo justice. This is a serious piece of equipment as are the other pieces. They are easy to install and once installed, function just as they should and look incredible.

Also, when my package arrived, it didn't have the eyebolts for the sightglass. Bobby got back to me right away and I had the eyebolts in the mail in just a few days.

I've even used Bobby's procedure for polishing my keggle and it is now the envy of every local homebrewer that I come in contact with.

Thanks Bobby. Keep up the good work!
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0 # JonG 2013-11-16 20:33
I cant say much more about this product than has already been mentioned, very satisfied with my purchase. One point i don't think has been mentioned is that this bulkhead is more sanitary than others i have used.

Female ends on both sides is a great design and allows the bulkhead to stay on the kettle while doing an intensive cleanup. I notice crud between bulkhead and ball valve every 3-4 brews and a long soak in PBW doesn't quite seem to get rid of it all. Removal of the valve seems to be the only way to clean it well. Regular removal of my old bulkhead was required as well, which it didn't handle so well, ruined a few seals.

Thanks for the great product.
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0 # Andrew C 2014-01-28 14:17
I have a 12-inch domed false bottom that came with a hose barb fitting that I would like to replace with a stainless diptube. It is for a 50-L keggle. The length from the center of the false bottom to the side wall of the kettle is approximately 7-3/8 inches.
What is the length of this fitting when installed? Is the dip tube easy to remove for cleaning purposes?
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0 # Andrew C 2014-02-03 21:46
It took some trimming on both sides, but this will work great with my keggle! My only concern now is that the hole in my false bottom is too large. There is just too much clearance around the dip tube to get clean runnings from my mash. Can you recommend a high-temp gasket or some other option for closing this gap?
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0 # Bobby 2014-02-03 22:33
Quoting Andrew C:
It took some trimming on both sides, but this will work great with my keggle! My only concern now is that the hole in my false bottom is too large. There is just too much clearance around the dip tube to get clean runnings from my mash. Can you recommend a high-temp gasket or some other option for closing this gap?


The gap should actually be smaller in width than the holes in the false bottom itself. If you're concerned, you can cut a short ring of silicone tubing and push it up the diptube as a bushing.
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0 # Andy 2014-03-31 17:04
So it's ok to trim both sides of this diptube to get it right where I want it in regards to how far out and down it reaches? Thanks!
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0 # Bobby 2014-03-31 17:42
Quoting Andy:
So it's ok to trim both sides of this diptube to get it right where I want it in regards to how far out and down it reaches? Thanks!


Yes.
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