Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Brass ball valve in Kettle

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-23-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
bdnoona
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Posts: 514
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default Brass ball valve in Kettle

Is there any reason to use a SS ball valve and bulkhead in my kettle rather than a brass one?

__________________

Fermenting, aging, kegged, bottled, drinking, etc... Who's got time to keep their sig updated?
The answer to all is: something (hopefully good).

Go White Sox! http://www.sox35th.com/

bdnoona is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
Snafu
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Snafu's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 1,010
Liked 15 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

The only thing I can think of would be corrosion. I would hate to see something green anywhere near my kettle

__________________
I have vessels, some contain beer.
Snafu is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2009, 08:54 PM   #3
slimer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
slimer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Westmont, IL
Posts: 723
Default

Many people would say that you need to pickle it to prevent possible lead contamination, but others would give the thumbs up. I have brass ball valves all over my setup.

__________________
slimer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2009, 09:24 PM   #4
bdnoona
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Posts: 514
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Yeah, that's basically what I've read. Thanks.

Is there any reason to make it 1/2" ID instead of 3/8" ID? I don't want to have to buy a more expensive step drill bit.

__________________

Fermenting, aging, kegged, bottled, drinking, etc... Who's got time to keep their sig updated?
The answer to all is: something (hopefully good).

Go White Sox! http://www.sox35th.com/

bdnoona is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2009, 03:18 PM   #5
slimer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
slimer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Westmont, IL
Posts: 723
Default

If you're ever planning on using a pump, I would go with 1/2. I originally had 3/8 on all my stuff and just upgraded last month to 1/2.

__________________
slimer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
Catt22
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 4,998
Liked 57 Times on 55 Posts
Likes Given: 51

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slimer View Post
If you're ever planning on using a pump, I would go with 1/2. I originally had 3/8 on all my stuff and just upgraded last month to 1/2.

+5 on this! Pump performance is greatly affected by the diameter of any pipe, hose or fittings in the circuit. Much more so than might be expected. Bigger is better in this case.
__________________
Catt22 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2009, 03:40 PM   #7
-Dan-
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 493
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slimer View Post
Many people would say that you need to pickle it to prevent possible lead contamination, but others would give the thumbs up. I have brass ball valves all over my setup.
All parts inside that possibly touch beer are SS anyway. I say thumbs up and no worries!
__________________

Kulturgüter Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalt's!

-Dan- is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2009, 05:57 PM   #8
bdnoona
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Posts: 514
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Cool. Thanks for the replies people. Pumps aren't even remotely in my immediate future anyway. And I have the 3/8" parts laying around already. I'll just upgrade in a few years if needed.

__________________

Fermenting, aging, kegged, bottled, drinking, etc... Who's got time to keep their sig updated?
The answer to all is: something (hopefully good).

Go White Sox! http://www.sox35th.com/

bdnoona is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brew kettle: with or without ball valve jldc Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 03-02-2011 05:32 PM
brass ball valve cancer? Julohan Equipment/Sanitation 12 11-24-2009 07:13 PM
new ball valve for kettle Gumbys_Brew Equipment/Sanitation 0 11-17-2008 02:10 AM
Gaskets in Weldless Ball Valve for Kettle benko Equipment/Sanitation 1 11-08-2008 06:38 PM
Ball Valve for Kettle shertz Equipment/Sanitation 1 09-06-2008 07:10 PM