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Old 08-27-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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This is my last wine project for a while. I took an old Vacu-vin, $1.49 worth of aluminum tubing from Hobby Lobby, a 1x2x6 and 1x6 piece of oak, some hot glue and wood glue.










 
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #2
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I find aluminum imparts a metallic taste to water, so I make sure my water bottles for biking are all FG stainless. You might want to be careful with hobbly lobby aluminum tube and wine

 
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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I find aluminum imparts a metallic taste to water, so I make sure my water bottles for biking are all FG stainless. You might want to be careful with hobbly lobby aluminum tube and wine
thanks ... I think it will be good, I'll be sure to sanitize it good ... 6" of tubing and 10 sec. of contact time per bottle ... also aluminum is common in the plumbing industry so I'm not concerned.

 
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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thanks ... I think it will be good, I'll be sure to sanitize it good ... 6" of tubing and 10 sec. of contact time per bottle ... also aluminum is common in the plumbing industry so I'm not concerned.
actually aluminun is not common in the plumbing industry, it is copper, plastic or galvanized iron

I agree with airplanedoc, you should probably stay away from aluminum whenever possible
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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Thanks. That is an easy edit.


 
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #6
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A couple of $2 racking canes and a heat gun should get you there cheap!

Nice setup

 
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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Also, water is much less acidic then wine and that difference there is big!!!! Great job on the design, just switch those fittings to stainless or just stay with the racking hose instead of metal.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:31 PM   #8
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How does it work?
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:52 PM   #9
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Also, water is much less acidic then wine and that difference there is big!!!! Great job on the design, just switch those fittings to stainless or just stay with the racking hose instead of metal.
Thanks ... yea, it will be easy to remove the hot glue.

 
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How does it work?
Simple concept. One line pulls a vacuum on the bottle and the other line comes from your wine source. As the air is removed it is replaced by the wine.

 
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