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Old 01-02-2014, 03:54 AM   #21
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For those of you who have the buckets, how hard are the valves to disassembly and sainitize? The buckets look awesome, but I do a lot with sour bugs and i don't want to end up contaminating a nice Helles with Brett.

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For those of you who have the buckets, how hard are the valves to disassembly and sainitize? The buckets look awesome, but I do a lot with sour bugs and i don't want to end up contaminating a nice Helles with Brett.
its just attached with a simple nut. the racking arm is held into the ball valve with an oring. its easy to take a part and sanitize...having said that..If I was doing sour beers I would use only a dedicated fermenter for sours only and not use it for anything else

helles with brett does sound interesting
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its just attached with a simple nut. the racking arm is held into the ball valve with an oring. its easy to take a part and sanitize...having said that..If I was doing sour beers I would use only a dedicated fermenter for sours only and not use it for anything else

helles with brett does sound interesting
So you can take apart the ball valve an clean the seat?

With glass carboys I've always gotten away with going back and forth with sours. I just boil the stopper and just use stair san on the carboy.
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So you can take apart the ball valve an clean the seat?

With glass carboys I've always gotten away with going back and forth with sours. I just boil the stopper and just use stair san on the carboy.
its not a 3 piece ball valve...one piece
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Default SS Stainless Bucket fermenter - ?

To give some pics... Here it is assembled outside the bucket.
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Here is the nut and washer removed

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Then removing the dip tube (literally pull it apart)

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As you can see, because you can just pull it apart and put it back together, you can make it face any direction. SSbrew tech recommends that you set it up how I originally had it so that it siphons away from the stuff on the bottom and as you get closer you can spin the entire ball valve/dip tube 180*. Even of you spin it it does not leak.

My only issue is with the amount of beer that is left behind if you don't tip the bucket when siphoning and even if you do it still leaves a decent amount behind.

The fix to this would be not including the dip tube and just using the ball valve. The setup does NOT need the dip tube to work in any way.

Other than that it works perfectly. Hope these pictures help

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