Pick up tube

Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:20 am

I am wanting to put a new pick up tube in my boil vessel (keggle). Currently, I'm using a copper pipe pick up tube (1/2" male thread attached to about 4" straight copper attached to a 45 deg coupler attached to a 2" straight piece). It works, however, when the wort level reaches about 1" above the tube, the drain off slows down to a trickle.

I'm wondering if it would be better if I just used a straight piece of copper piping, instead of the 45 deg piece, if that would help with getting the wort out of my boiling vessel more efficiently?

Any thoughts?

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Re: Pick up tube

Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:47 am

1" above the opening of the tube or 1" above the whole thing? If it's the former & the elbow/bulkhead are exposed, perhaps there's a small leak.
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Re: Pick up tube

Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:45 pm

do you have a tube attached to the outlet that drops below the bottom of the kettle? that'll help act as a siphon to pull the rest of the wort out.
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Re: Pick up tube

Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:53 pm

Chopper has the right answer to this problem. You need an outlet tube extending below the kettle bottom to maintain the siphon.
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