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Old 08-09-2009, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hello all. I have a 4 gallon brew pot that works fine but I want to add a ball valve to it so I can use it to hold sparge water when I do AG. I had one but I thought it was leeching crap so I tossed it. My question is how do I add this valve to the pot? Obviously I need to drill a hole in the side of the pot and I have all of the drill bits and plumbers tape I just need to go to the hardware store and buy a valve. I want to make sure I do it right because this is the only brew pot I have and if I mess it up no brewing for a month or 2 until I can afford to replace it. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Old 08-09-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:40 PM   #3
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Awesome the instructions here are great. Should I be able to find the valve at a local hardware store? I was hoping to b rew today. :-)

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Awesome the instructions here are great. Should I be able to find the valve at a local hardware store? I was hoping to b rew today. :-)
The stainless bits and silicone o-rings are usually pretty tough to source locally.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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The stainless bits and silicone o-rings are usually pretty tough to source locally.
Your right I called the local hardware store and got silence when I told them what I was looking for. I am placing my order here now! thank you!
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One question about the weldless fittings.

When I installed a ball-valve on my cooler for my mash tun I was able to tighten the fittings enough to prevent leaks but this also involved a rubber grommet behind the washers.

The concern is that the washers on the inside and outside are flat whereas the brew pot is curved. Are the washers in the kits curved or thin enough that they will conform to the sides of the pot?

What about the thickness of the pot metal? I have seen lots of brew pots with varying types of stainless ranging from .25-.36 in thickness. Any issues with thicker or thinner pots?

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Old 08-10-2009, 12:34 AM   #7
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The orings will conform to the pot. There is a groove in the locknut that allow the oring to stay put when tightened down.

I also offer a 1/2" Flat silicone gasket on the parts page if you need a wider seal.

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Also, do not over-tighten. The o-rings need to conform to the wall to seal. Crushing them creates gaps.

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Everything you need is right here.
Great site... Some of the fittings appear to have rubber washers in them... are these heat proof?
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All fitting sets come with silicone o-rings. They are rated for over 400 degrees.

They are FDA rated. Just don't dry fire your kettle and you will be ok.

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