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Old 12-03-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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I have a 7.5gal aluminum turkey fryer pot that I plan on adding a weld less valve and screen to, but I'm worried about it getting beat up by my IC. I'm not sure if the IC will sit atop the valve bulkhead. If it does should I worry about leakage?
Anyone use an IC with weldless valve?

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Old 12-03-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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Use the "kettle valve" brand valve. It doesn't have a protruding coupler on the inside of the pot it uses a nut and is lower profile.

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Old 12-03-2013, 03:55 AM   #3
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That's what I was planning on using, but I also want to use the kettle screen. Will an IC crush the screen?

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My IC rests atop the weld less bulkhead without any issue.

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I bent my 3/8" x 50' IC so that it hooks over the edge of the kettle and doesn't hit the bottom.

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That's a good idea.

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I had a kettle screen in my keggle and the I.C. always fought with it. I ended up removing the kettle screen and using a hop spider I made. The kettle screen gets clogged up quick and it got on my nerves. Made draining off the kettle into the fermenters far less frustrating.

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Be careful about using any SS valves or fittings in your aluminum pot. The acidity of the wort will cause a gradient to get set up between the aluminum and the steel, corroding both metals

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The kettle valve is plated brass, so it should be ok with the aluminum.

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