Ok I have had it with mediocre half finished, barely thought out, designs.
Take three piece valves. Can someone tell me what the purpose of the cross pattern of plastic at the bottom of the three-piece valve is for?
Beside helping to clog up the valve what does that do?
I would like to boil the valves. How come the valves are made with plastic that melts at 150 degrees, rather than 250 degrees?
Answer: accountants, ("we can make it cheaper if we downgrade engineering specifications.")
For the bottom, I just cut the bottom of the valve off, then heat the bottom with a cigarette lighter to smooth the edges.
This allows me to run a brush through the valve and clean it, and it allows the krausen and hops to flow through it without clogging it, in the event of over active fermentation.