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Old 03-10-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Anyone ever thought of using asco valves for wort travel (BK, HLT, MT), if so can you partially open these?

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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I think they are either open or closed... no variable rate.

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:03 PM   #3
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Solenoid valves, by design, are on/off. You'd need a much more expensive actuated valve to control flow rate.

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:58 PM   #4
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Anyone ever thought of using asco valves for wort travel (BK, HLT, MT), if so can you partially open these?
The name for the fancy valve you are looking for is called a "PROPORTIONAL" valve.
The position from 0-100% can be controlled by a voltage or current.
The average cost is around $400.00 (size dependent) plus controller.


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Old 03-11-2009, 12:33 AM   #5
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Thats what I figured... Thanks guys!!!

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Old 03-11-2009, 12:38 AM   #6
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You wouldn't be able to partially open them, but you could open them wide open and then a ball valve that is preset to the desired opening. I.e. When sparging, the solenoid opens the valve to drain water from the HLT, but you could have a ball valve at the other end (before it gets to the mashtun) controlling the flow.

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Old 03-11-2009, 04:56 PM   #7
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This may be slightly OT, but what, if any, is the difference between a solenoid valve and a process valve?

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Old 03-11-2009, 05:08 PM   #8
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This may be slightly OT, but what, if any, is the difference between a solenoid valve and a process valve?
Most of the time Butterfy, Ball valves are called process valves.
The process valves do not have solenoids, they can have motors or pneumatic drives to open and close the valves.
I have pneumatic types.

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