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Old 11-28-2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default Sprinkler valve as elec controll

This may be a dumb question but in the sense of automation, could a sprinkler valve for an irrigation system be used as a valve in an automated system. For example controlling a pump and three valves electronically by a program to complete a brewing process. I'm thinking like the rainbird models.

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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Likely won't stand up to the heat. Spec's?

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Old 11-28-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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the heat issue mentioned, and the fact that sprinkler valves are plastic and are no where near sanitary would make me not use them. unless you enjoy completely disassembling and cleaning your valves every single time you use them.

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Old 11-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #5
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I think the only thing you might be able to use it for is controlling the cold water filling your HLT.

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Old 11-28-2011, 05:35 PM   #6
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Is there a cheap alternative. All I've seen is electronically controlled solenoid ball valves at a whopping 165$ a piece. I think that's a little or a h*ll of a lot out of my price range.

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Ive seen these on eBay- they are temperature rated to 233ºF and they are in the ~$50 each range.

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Old 11-29-2011, 01:58 PM   #8
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Open Source Control Systems :: Valves

$42 ea, stainless steel, cheapest ive ever found.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #9
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I have been looking into this myself, I would not use them for wort but was thinking for fresh water, and CIP. At $15 each they could be far more economical.

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