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Old 01-11-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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How vital is it to have a ball valve on a brew kettle? I am thinking about getting a 10gallon kettle to start AG brewing in. It is obviously way more expensive to get a kettle with a valve and if I can save the money it would be great.

To ball valve or not to ball valve... that is the question.

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How vital is it to have a ball valve on a brew kettle? I am thinking about getting a 10gallon kettle to start AG brewing in. It is obviously way more expensive to get a kettle with a valve and if I can save the money it would be great.

To ball valve or not to ball valve... that is the question.
What type of chiller? If counter flow then yes, ball valve. If immersion then not required.
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It is absolutely necessary if you plan to use a pump with it at any point in the future. It is also much easier to do transfers.

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The valve is worth it. Trust me.

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What type of chiller? If counter flow then yes, ball valve. If immersion then not required.
I don't have a chiller yet. I have been relying on ice baths. I am hoping to get an immersion chiller.
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The valve is worth it. Trust me.
why is it worth it to you?
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It is worth it to me because it dramatically reduces the amount of work I have to do hauling heavy crap around. If you don't have a chiller and are stuck putting your pot into a bath to chill it, then having a valve will probably just get in your way. If you have an immersion chiller, you can still get by without one, but it sure makes life easier when you can just open up the valve and drain into your fermenter. If you are doing partial boils now, you may not even be considering how much more unwieldy it is to haul around a full 5-6 gallons in a brew pot. I know my 15 gallon megapot is a total pain in the butt to haul around empty, let alone with 5-10 gallons of wort in it.

If you have a CFC/plate chiller, you pretty much need a valve on there to use it effectively.

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I have a CFC and don't have a ball valve on any of my kettles...

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It was worth it to me even on my 5g pot. I didn't feel like lifting hot wort. First I made an immersion chiller, then I made a better immersion chiller, then I made counter-flow chiller (love it), and now I just got an 8g kettle with a ball valve installed.
I built a small wooden brew rig and eveyting is nice and easy. I recommend getting, because I think you will want it later, and drilling a hole in your nice new kettle is nerve wracking. Well, it was for me any way, and that was just on my cheap 5g kettle.
Whatever you choose, I hope you like it.

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I have a 9 gallon kettle without a valve and I get away with using my immersion chiller and then transferring to the carboy with an auto-siphon until the kettle is light enough that I can lift it high enough to pour the rest of the wort through a funnel. That being said, I'm cant wait until the day when I can afford to install a gate valve!

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