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Old 10-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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I am in the midst of converting a keg and was wondering if using weldless materials (spigot, site glass) works just as well as having them welded on. I ask because finding someone in my area to weld may not be the easiest task. Also, where would you order these items from? Cheaper the better but I also need quality. Thanks again everyone. Best brewing related website by far!

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I went weldless. I've ordered from both http://www.bargainfittings.com/ & http://www.brewhardware.com/ Great service from both.

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A good weld with a tri-clover fitting is more sanitary than a weldless, but both work exactly the same. A bad weld is probably worse than a weldless fitting.

I also have a weldless fitting, and it has worked just fine for almost a year.

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If you decide to go weldless, this is a great reference:

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/kettles-overview

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/ho...or-tank?page=4

Buying the shims he talks about allows a nice, tight connection.

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Old 10-21-2011, 11:00 PM   #5
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A good weld with a tri-clover fitting is more sanitary than a weldless, but both work exactly the same. A bad weld is probably worse than a weldless fitting.

I also have a weldless fitting, and it has worked just fine for almost a year.
for a boil kettle or HLT it does not really matter considering it's going to boiling hot in there.
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The only place I would insist on welded fittings is on a fermenter. Everything prior to that is going through the boil process anyways.

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Old 10-22-2011, 03:11 AM   #7
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for a boil kettle or HLT it does not really matter considering it's going to boiling hot in there.
Even the mash gets boiled later so...
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