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Old 05-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #11
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I'm using Watts FV-4M1 bleed valves, they work great. Picked up 4 of them for $20 on ebay.
http://www.watts.com/pages/_products...=64&parCat=251

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:06 PM   #12
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You only need a priming valve on the outlet- not the inlet. An inlet bleeder is really a waste of liquid. Any air trapped will be expelled at the outlet priming valve. And a little air is not going to hurt - you just can't run the thing dry.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #13
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I'm using Watts FV-4M1 bleed valves, they work great. Picked up 4 of them for $20 on ebay.
http://www.watts.com/pages/_products...=64&parCat=251
Can you maybe show a pic how you have that hooked up?

I'd like to add something like this mine.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:05 AM   #14
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Here's the setup, it's been modified since dec-2011 but the concept is the same.
The air bleed valve is on the output before the ball valve so it always has access to any air. Since wort will be going into the unit you should run clean it out after each use, i run hot water through the entire system anyways so no biggie for me. There is a little black screw on the top of the unit, make sure that's open, that's where the air vents out. If it's tightened then it doesn't work.

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:09 AM   #15
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Thanks, that's how I imagined it would be hooked up. My only concern is the extra height having another tee and two more nipples adds.
I'll give it a shot though. Thanks.

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:55 AM   #16
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Cool idea - but I'd still just use a ball valve with a nipple on it. It's simple, which mean it's less prone to fail. And also it is a great way to take a sample. You can also mount it horizontally so it takes up less room. Just my two cents.


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Old 08-28-2013, 01:56 PM   #17
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Default Getting your threaded fittings to line up

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I know this is an old post but I was curious how you got your threaded fittings to line up. I'm trying to build a similar set up for my march pump. But can't seem to get the fittings straight. Thx for te pic btw. Very helpful

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #18
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Haha, well this is an old setup for me but still - it took a lot of wrenching to get things lined up. I did a lot of disassembling and reassembling until I got it where I wanted it! Hindsight, really glad I don't have threaded fittings anymore. It's amazing how gross those threads get fast.

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Old 08-28-2013, 10:03 PM   #19
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the trick to getting the fittings straight is to add teflon. An example would be if you need it to be 30 degrees less turn add a few extra wraps of teflon

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