The welds in brewing equipment don’t just need to look good they need to be perfect. Weld quality affects the brewer’s ability to keep the equipment sanitary: The welds need to be free from corrosion, pits, or crevices where bacteria can flourish.
Whether you’re fabricating stainless steel fermenting tanks or welding stainless
pipe that needs repair, it takes the best equipment to get the job done right.
Start with a top quality TIG/GTAW welding torch engineered by a reputable manufacturer (like CK Worldwide or Weldcraft/Miller) with attention to craftsmanship. The best torches are made with the best materials to avoid problems associated with weld quality, such as gas leakage that can draw atmosphere into the weld zone.
Before you run your first bead, inspect your TIG torch for defects and properly fitted mechanical connections. Leak test all gas connections and verify that the flow rate at the gas nozzle (cup) matches your desired settings and test your torch’s water flow rate. Continue reading