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Old 10-13-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Tri-clover will not seal!

Hey everyone,

So I was all stoked that my 27 gal Morebeer conical arrived. I transferred a 10gal batch to her for the maiden voyage but I am having some trouble.

I cant seem to be able to get a seal around where the butterfly valve attaches to the stem of the fermenter. I've drained the beer and swapped out 3 gaskets and tried two different clamps. I've loosened and tightened to no avail.

Am I missing something? Has anyone come across this? I honestly don't know what to do.. not to mention I have 10 gallons of no very oxygenated wort.

Any insight is appreciated!

EDIT: See post below for resolution.

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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I wish you all could see my brewery right now... there is beer errrrrrvrywhere!

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Is it leaking from from the point where the two flanges meet from the gasket area?

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Yep. It almost seems like there might be something wrong with the flange on the fermenter...

Ive twisted the valve around and it keeps leaking from the same point. I think I am going to have to transfer the beer to something different for this batch until I sort this out.

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Yes, I would transfer to something else. Sounds like an imperfection on the flange. After you empty it , you could try putting some keg lube in the grooves that seat the gasket as well as on the gasket. Fill it with some water and see if that works. I would also notify more beer.
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OMG! So I put a simple 1.5" cap on the bottom and put a few gallons of water in it. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself. You know those welds they tote as being amazing and sanitary and the cat's ass? Well, my weld LEAKS! I don't know what I am gonna do. If it were the valve it's an easy fix... but the weld? I guess I'm giving them a call in the morning.

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I suppose I'll call them in the morning. I hope they have good customer service haha.

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Bummer! I work with 100's of Tri-Clover fittings every day and rarely see a leak from the connection, aside from an occasional warped flange. Are you the original owner? I'd imagine they'll take care of you either way. Any good welder will be able to grind out the old and lay a nice new bead. Good luck!

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I am sure they will make good on it. Dissappointing to be excited about getting a new piece of equipment and then not be able to use it. Let us know what they say.

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Yeah I have no doubts they should be good for it. It's a pretty pricey shipping bill, however. And your'e right... I was damn excited to use that thing. So much waiting. Oh well, the beer is in a big boil pot now haha.

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