I contacted Blichmann about a longer float valve rod for my Auto Sparge. This was the response:
"We just got our new, longer rods in at the end of last week. We have a nine inch, part number BE-00259, and a twelve inch, part number BE-000260 available. If you contact your retailer they will be able to order one for you. Hope you find this helpful. Have a great day."
I'm waiting to hear back from my LHBS on a price.