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    Default Hobby Water Jacket Bottle Filler

    Here is my first homebrew canner. Electric heat source in contact with a 4 gallon Baine Marie that I added a drain / spout to. A local kid did the welding nice work hey?
    Bottle Filler (1).jpg Bottle Filler (2).jpg

    I've read enough here on MT to figure out that I needed to add a water jacket.
    Started by making an extension / bulkhead fitting

    Extension Bulkhead Fitting (2).jpg

    Turned a half coupling with a lip for accepting the heater element and square ring gasket.

    Heater Fitting (1).jpg

    The water jacket is 20 gauge galvanized (no contact with syrup) It has supports soldered inside that the baine marie sits on. A hole through the front of the water jacket where the extension screws through that clamps it in place and creates a water tight seal. 4 elevator bolts soldered onto the bottom to bolt it to the plywood base plate and a drain pipe.

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    Zucker Lager

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    Here are the remaining pictures:

    Water Jacket.jpg Water Jacket Mounting Bolts and Drain.jpg Heater Fitting (2).jpg

    Next will be insulation, a heater control, assemble it all then try it out! Jay
    Zucker Lager

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    Nice job on the bottler, but I've got to say "That's the largest assortment of pliers and cutters I've ever seen on one wall!"
    John Allin

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    Nice job. I also plan on making a hot water bath bottler this winter. Like yours, I also want to expose more of my syrup tank to the hot water, ie. taller water tank, and insulate it as well. I am curious as to how you sealed the outlet, preventing water from leaking out around your filler spout. I take it you will be able to remove the syrup tank for cleaning it and the water tank. Thanks.

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    Hey UPnorth:
    To seal the spout / bain marie from the water jacket I cut two gaskets from thin teflon that is about as hard as Tupperware plastic. one goes in front of the bain marie spout and that is inside the water jacket wall then the second gasket goes outside the water jacket wall and the extension screws through that and the small hole in the jacket and inner gasket to "clamp" it all tight to the water jacket like a bulkhead fitting That is wrench friendly with the flats I cut into it and will be how I remove it for cleaning. The only thing I might do differently there is to use 1 1/8 inch instead of 7/8 dia stainless to make the fitting for the bain marie and the extension for a little larger gasket purchasing area. The thread on the extension is silver soldered into the extension body and matches the thread of the tapper spout I think it was M16 - 1.5 ? JFYI I cheated and used a stainless bolt so I didn't have to single point cut that thread I just drilled the bolt out and cut it to length.. Jay
    Zucker Lager

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