Hi Forum- I've been poking around, trying to figure out the solution to my problem, searches of many types are being frustrating.
Anyway, I built a MLT out of a 10 gallon victory cooler, and wanted to be fancy, so I made the ring braid manifold out of How To Brew. The problem I'm running into is connecting the manifold output to my ball valve.
What I've got is a 3/8" ball valve screwed into a 3/8" x 3/8" MIP/MIP nipple. That's what is exposed on the inside of the MLT, 3/8 MIP. The ring braid is built around a 5/8" compression T joint. What I did originally was get a 3/8" compression nut and run a very short piece of tubing between the two parts. This is, naturally, unsatisfying- the tubing has a tendency to pull out (happily it only happened during cleanup phases so far, and not mid-run). It is also unsatisfying because the actual space required for this franken-adapter is long enough that the back end of the ring bumps up against the wall of the MLT.
The reason I've got that connection is because I am completely unable to find anything that runs basicially from a 5/8 male thread to a 3/8 male thread in one part. I have the sense that I'm more-or-less stuck at this point and should probably start over with a different pipe gauge either in the braid T or in the ball valve. Maybe I could find a better pipe nipple instead.
Any advice on this problem? In a nutshell, I need to connect a 3/8" ball valve to a 5/8" compression T in a small number of parts and low-ish price.