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Old 04-08-2011, 04:36 AM   #1
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Default New brew pot spigot is leaking

So I was all excited for the first brew with my new 9 gallon brew pot, and had the mash water at strike temp in it, when I noticed it's leaking from the spigot. It's coming from the threaded "close nipple", at the threaded joint on the brewpot (not at the point where the threading joins with the ball valve). About 1 drop per second.
So now I had to switch back to my old 5g pot and am mashing in that now.

Did I do something wrong? Or is the pot defective? It's this one:
http://www.homebrewing.org/ONE-WELD-...t-_p_1683.html
which I posted about a few weeks ago:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what...ew-pot-232980/

I got the brass ball valve and close nipple as the owner of the store told me I would need.
The close nipple is a two-way threaded pipe (http://www.homebrewing.org/12-X-12-c...-2_p_1446.html), and I screwed it in to the ball valve and pot as far as I could get it with hand tightening. Should I take a wrench to it? I don't want to get it stuck on there cause I'll need to take it off for cleaning sometimes I assume.

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:43 AM   #2
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If it is leaking from the treads, use some teflon tape. I would go around the threads about 6 times, then reassemble, with a wrench. If you used the teflon tape or it looks like it has it on it then use a wrench for a little "snugging up". Traditionally as things heat, they expand and that can cause a leak...which means you probably will not be able to loosen it unless it is warmed up.

If it is leaking from the weld then you need to contact the people that made it and arrange for a return/exchange or get it welded up locally...

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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You really don't need to tighten the crap out of these things. If it's leaking, take it apart and put more teflon tape on it as suggested above.

I usually do 4-5 wraps with the tape. Make sure you're wrapping in the same direction as the threads, this will keep the tape from being removed as you thread the fitting on.

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BTW, put tape on both sides of the close nipple. The part that screws into the brewpot and the side the you screw the ball valve onto.

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:55 AM   #5
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Ok... I don't have any teflon tape. I wish they would say that on websites that are selling these brewpots. I doubt many people know they need to leak test the pot with hot water several days before brew day.
Well, I'll try the teflon thing when I can get to Home Depot. I find it hard to imagine how it will be possible to screw in a threading that is already quite tight after adding tape around it, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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the tape is very thin, as you screw it in the tape fills the gaps between the threads - which is where the water is currently leaking from. You're right, I'm sure you'll understand as soon as you do it.

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Ok... I don't have any teflon tape. I wish they would say that on websites that are selling these brewpots. I doubt many people know they need to leak test the pot with hot water several days before brew day.
Lucky the teflon tape is cheap. It is also assumed to be used on all treaded plumbing. As for testing before brew day, you sure better, unless you like to invent swear words!



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Well, I'll try the teflon thing when I can get to Home Depot. I find it hard to imagine how it will be possible to screw in a threading that is already quite tight after adding tape around it, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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Protip: if you can not use a wrench on it buy some channel lock water pump pliers, if you do not have some and use a small peice of leather so you do not "bugger up the threads" when you put the wrench on it.

I would disassemble the pieces, add the tape, assemble with wrench to the point where it is nice and snug, then fill it up all the way while checking for leaks, open the valve, drain some out then bring it to a boil, If you have no leaks, you are golden. If you have a leak, drain the water out and tighten it up while it is warm and test again.

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be careful with Teflon and heat is not a good idea and teflon tap is not for sealing anything its for lubrication... get something like this http://www.henkelna.com/us/content_d...rochure_LR.pdf

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be careful with Teflon and heat is not a good idea and teflon tap is not for sealing anything its for lubrication... get something like this http://www.henkelna.com/us/content_d...rochure_LR.pdf
Not to be a jerk but this is wrong. Unless plumbers have all started using something different, every threaded piece of pipe/plumbing I have ever seen has used teflon tape.
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Not to be a jerk but this is wrong. Unless plumbers have all started using something different, every threaded piece of pipe/plumbing I have ever seen has used teflon tape.
+1. I use it on every fitting required to hold pressure of sole sort.
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