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Old 12-31-2011, 02:14 AM   #1
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Default Homemade ball valve assembly

I put together a ball valve for my kettle today. I got the parts at Lowes. I installed it on an old pot to see if I could make it work. It worked great! Not one little leak, and I did a test boil in the pot for 90 minutes. No problems at all! I'll be installing it on my kettle some time next week! No more "hot break" junk in my fermentor for this ol' boy!

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Old 12-31-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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what did you use to drill the hole? I was just at HDepot looking at those same parts.

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Old 12-31-2011, 02:21 AM   #3
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what did you use to drill the hole? I was just at HDepot looking at those same parts.
As painful as it was for me to make the decision to do it I decided to fork out the cash for a "step drill" bit. It was a $35.00 purchase, but I can use it at work (and write it off as a business purchase if I do).. It worked great. I also used it to make the hole on the washers I used bigger as well..
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I guess I should have posted this in the DIY thread instead of the equipment thread...

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Did you get that 1/2" hex nipple there to?

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Just a note, it looks like those MIGHT be galvanized washers. If you have galvanized anywhere that it'll contact beer, that'll cause a problem.

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kinda hard to tell, but did you use rubber o-rings? if so, you might want to make sure they can handle the heat of the kettle.

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Did you get that 1/2" hex nipple there to?
I got everything at lowes..
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Just a note, it looks like those MIGHT be galvanized washers. If you have galvanized anywhere that it'll contact beer, that'll cause a problem.
The washers are just spacers. They will never touch my wort..

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kinda hard to tell, but did you use rubber o-rings? if so, you might want to make sure they can handle the heat of the kettle.
I got the rating on my o-rings.. They were rated at 210F.. I figure that's close enough to be safe. Plus, as mentioned above this set-up survived a 90 minute rolling boil without any ill effects. Tomorrow I'm going to disassemble everything and check the structural integrity of the o-ring.
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Pending the outcome of that inspection, would you be able to post part numbers? I'm looking to do something similar, and am too cheap to drop the $ for a SS ball valve when something cheaper will suffice.

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