Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Weldless Ball Valve parts... at Lowe's/HD????

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-20-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
burton178
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 91
Likes Given: 2

Default Weldless Ball Valve parts... at Lowe's/HD????

Title pretty much says it all... I got a Keg today from the local salvage yard!!

I want to do a weldless valve system in and was wondering if I could pick up everything I need at the local hardware store.

Anybody done this?? Drawbacks?

BTW... I've already seen most of the websites that sell them ready to roll. I just like having excuses to walk through the man's playground.

__________________
Primary #1: BM's Oktoberfast
Primary #2: None
Kegs: BM's Oktoberfast once done in primary.
burton178 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
Anthony_Lopez
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Anthony_Lopez's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Groton, MA
Posts: 1,694
Liked 17 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

You should be able to find most of the stuff you need as long as you don't mind brass. Lowes/HD don't sell any stainless parts in my area. Some people seem to have problems finding the washers and the orings...

__________________

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.
--Tom Waits

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
--Frank Zappa

My Cheap and Easy Stirplate

Anthony_Lopez is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
sea2summit3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 164
Default

I was just at Home Depot the other day in Reno. Couldn't really find what I needed. They have ball valves but I couldn't find much else. Been wondering about food grade seals/o-rings as well. Employees just looked at me cross-eyed when I asked.

Mirilis posted some links here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/cheapest-suppliers-common-equipment-84456/ for parts and supplies.

On a similar subject, I've read about people sweating fittings on to the ballvalve for a down tube into the keg. Doesn't that use lead? Is that safe? I found a "no lead" ball valve: http://www.discovervalve.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=D&Product_Code =101113&Category_Code=noleadbrassbv Is this a better idea?

__________________
"A bar is better than a newspaper for public discussion."
-Jim Parker


Primary:-
Secondary:IPA, just "IPA"
Bottled: Applewood Smoked Porter, Windy Bridge Stout, Maple Chocolate Pumpkin Ale, Maple Pumpkin Ale, California Steam, Black Cat Porter, Irish Coffee Stout
Kegged: Blackberry Stout, Nut Brown, Sweet Cider, Apfelwein #2, IPA, SNCA Clone
sea2summit3 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southwest
Posts: 13,909
Liked 605 Times on 375 Posts
Likes Given: 54

Default

Plumbing solder hasn't contained lead in decades.

__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc
Yuri_Rage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
burton178
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 91
Likes Given: 2

Default

hm... bargain fittings is looking hard to beat.

__________________
Primary #1: BM's Oktoberfast
Primary #2: None
Kegs: BM's Oktoberfast once done in primary.
burton178 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2008, 11:13 PM   #6
Anthony_Lopez
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Anthony_Lopez's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Groton, MA
Posts: 1,694
Liked 17 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

bargain fittings is the way to go... I spent a lot of time trying to piece together a stainless set for cheaper than their prices, and couldn't...

__________________

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.
--Tom Waits

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
--Frank Zappa

My Cheap and Easy Stirplate

Anthony_Lopez is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-21-2008, 01:54 AM   #7
Duckfoot
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dürty Soüth, GA
Posts: 1,375
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

+1 on Bargain... Got my fitting pretty quick as well...

__________________

On deck : DFB Triple Black Death By Chocolate Stout
Primary: Notta...
Secondary: 21 Year Mead...
Kegged : DFB Belgian Pale, DFB Brown, DFB Belgian Dark Strong, DFB Cider...
------------------------------------------------------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Timberwolf View Post
Non-Alcoholic beer is like going down on your cousin, it might taste the same but it just ain’t right!
Duckfoot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-21-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
sea2summit3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 164
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NoClueBrewMaster View Post
bargain fittings is the way to go... I spent a lot of time trying to piece together a stainless set for cheaper than their prices, and couldn't...
Are you all referring to bargain fittings at greatbargain.net?
__________________
"A bar is better than a newspaper for public discussion."
-Jim Parker


Primary:-
Secondary:IPA, just "IPA"
Bottled: Applewood Smoked Porter, Windy Bridge Stout, Maple Chocolate Pumpkin Ale, Maple Pumpkin Ale, California Steam, Black Cat Porter, Irish Coffee Stout
Kegged: Blackberry Stout, Nut Brown, Sweet Cider, Apfelwein #2, IPA, SNCA Clone
sea2summit3 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-21-2008, 05:16 PM   #9
CyclingCraig
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: HIllsborough, NJ, New Jersey
Posts: 93
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Don't know if this will help, but here is the thru-wall ball valve I made from home depot parts for my Cooler MLT:
Pics:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/woohoo-50-qt-igloo-ice-cubes-target-60352/#post616567

Parts List:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/woohoo-50-qt-igloo-ice-cubes-target-60352/index2.html#post617744

__________________
CyclingCraig is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #10
boozehoundbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: chicago, IL
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I found out the hard way that STAINLESS FITTINGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT LOCAL STORES. In the Chicago area, the following five stores carry brass, galvanized, & "black steel" NPT fittings, but NOT stainless steel:
- Home Depot
- Lowes
- Menards
- Ace
- Crafty Beaver

__________________
boozehoundbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to make a weldless ball valve for a mash/lauter tun tdavisii Equipment/Sanitation 9 10-27-2010 02:51 PM
Weldless Valve on Aluminum Pot doggage Equipment/Sanitation 6 05-11-2009 12:27 PM
Gaskets in Weldless Ball Valve for Kettle benko Equipment/Sanitation 1 11-08-2008 06:38 PM
Weldless parts. tbulger Equipment/Sanitation 7 10-02-2007 05:23 PM
weldless valve tim1970 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-11-2007 04:09 AM