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How to make a Copper Sankey Keg Adapter

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How to make a Copper Sankey Keg Adapter

Postby RumBull » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:49 pm

Hi guys,
I know many of you have seen this on the other forum but wanted to bring it here also for those that have not. Give me a little time, I am learning this system of photo posting.
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Postby RumBull » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:07 pm

You will need normal soldering supplies, 2" copper pipe, 6 gage copper wire (#4 will work also), hammer, file, wire cutters, visegrips.
Start by hammering about 7" length of your round wire into a square. Lightly hammer one side, turn up on edge and hammer down the length again. Now hammer this square into a wedge by hammering at an angle along one edge only. This will beging to curve your wire as well.
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Now use visegrips to help hold the wedged wire as you bend it to fit the pipe.
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This will take some time to get a good fit. Use the leverage of the extra wire to help.
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Once it is close, cut off the excess.
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Postby RumBull » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 pm

Use a file to flatten the cut ends so they will solder together as well. A little more manipulating with the hammer and perhaps filing of high spots and you should have a good fit.
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Now disassemble, clean every thing with fine sandpaper, flux and reassemble.
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Solder it up. Apply a heavy bead to add strength and to increase the wedge shape.
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Turn it over and file the bottom flat.
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Clamp it down to your keg using a cork gasket and a tri-clover clamp.
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Postby RumBull » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:30 pm

To demonstrate that it is a strong union, I can lift and tilt the keg around, applying a stress load and it holds up fine.
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Another tip is to remove the 1/8" stop ridge from the inside of the Sankey valve neck. This relieves any restriction in the vapor path.
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I just used a die grinder and ground it flush.
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Postby RumBull » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:33 pm

This adapter can be used on a column or pot still. This how I attatched my new Scotch style still head to my keg.
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Postby Rebel_Yell » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:14 pm

Dang it!

I have too many projects already.

:8) that's great RumBull. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby duds2u » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:16 pm

Good to see you brought them over. They are great photos and I love the still.(Where is the envy emotion)
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Postby big worm » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:12 pm

wow good job! pictures worth 1000 words
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Postby LeftLaneCruiser » Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:32 am

Nice pictures. Make the 'how-to' very comprehensive.

I really like the head !! :!: *turns a little green of jeaulousy*

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Postby mikejwoodnz » Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:02 pm

Well done Sir ! :8)
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Postby jdonly1 » Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:31 pm

Great job an good thinking :8) nice looking still to :wink:
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Postby Rebel_Yell » Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:54 pm

I am sure that everyone else is more careful than me. I had an all grain run that foamed badly. The end result was about an hour scouring the inside of my still.

Soo... I gotta ask. How do yall clean the inside of this type still?
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Postby big worm » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:10 pm

Rebel_Yell wrote:I am sure that everyone else is more careful than me. I had an all grain run that foamed badly. The end result was about an hour scouring the inside of my still.

Soo... I gotta ask. How do yall clean the inside of this type still?


my exact thoughts...as i scrubbed the inside of mine from the rice pukefest. i don't think i'd run any grain in that type.
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Postby Decoy » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:16 pm

Nice Tutorial... the pics are the go...

1 good picture is equivilant to 1000 word's

Excellent, thanx for sharing..

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Postby big worm » Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:57 pm

i was looking again, dam thats a nice still...even the wife thinks its cool and, shes irish..lol.
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