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Old 01-14-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to make a couple of keggles. Do I need to use stainless steel ball valves or will brass work? What about polishing them? whats everyone using for that? Any other ideas or suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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Brass will work just fine, Some people "pickle" them before use but I never did & am still alive. I have since switched to SS but just because I got a good deal on them.

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Old 01-15-2009, 02:31 PM   #3
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Pickle them. Huh!!???

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How to clean/pickle brass from John Palmer

Cleaning Brass
Some brewers use brass fittings in conjunction with their wort chillers or other brewing equipment and are concerned about the lead that is present in brass alloys. A solution of two parts white vinegar to one part hydrogen peroxide (common 3% solution) will remove tarnish and surface lead from brass parts when they are soaked for 5 minutes or less at room temperature. The brass will turn a buttery yellow color as it is cleaned. If the solution starts to turn green and the brass darkens, then the parts have been soaking too long and the copper in the brass is beginning to dissolve, exposing more lead. The solution has become contaminated and the part should be re-cleaned in a fresh solution.

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Brass will work fine, but the 3-piece SS ones are so much purtier!
I have used both with equal results.

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Full port Stainless ball valves are the bees knees. I got some from Bargain Fittings (a vendor here) at a good price and I'm glad I spent a few extra $ over brass.
Also I got tired of the locking mechanism on the lever, so I took a piece of shrink tube and shrunk it over the locking slider. This way if I ever want to use the lock I just cut off the shrink tube.

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Full port Stainless ball valves are the bees knees. I got some from Bargain Fittings (a vendor here) at a good price and I'm glad I spent a few extra $ over brass.
Also I got tired of the locking mechanism on the lever, so I took a piece of shrink tube and shrunk it over the locking slider. This way if I ever want to use the lock I just cut off the shrink tube.
EXCELLENT advice! I usually stuff a piece of "something" under the lock. But it inevitably falls out during a brew session.
I will be shrinking mine as soon as I get home.
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" I will be shrinking mine as soon as I get home."

Something just isnt right about that. LOL

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" I will be shrinking mine as soon as I get home."

Something just isnt right about that. LOL

You know, as soon as I posted that it occurred to me that it might be a mistake.
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