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Old 03-06-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default aluminum boil kettle and a ball valve

so i just found this 15 gallon aluminum pot in my parents garage. i was thinking about using it as my BK. maybe to a 10 gallon batch or something once in a while.

so 10 gallons is going to be pretty tricky to dump into an ale pail or 2. so does anyone out there have an aluminum BK with a ball valve on it? is there a weldless one available.

can stainless be welded to aluminum?

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Old 03-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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vendor on this site Bargainfittings.com has everything you need to do weldless

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Aluminum kettle with weldless bulkhead from BargainFittings. Used a #4 step bit to drill the hole. Inside the kettle is a 1/2" NPT x 1/2" pipe compression fitting holding an 8" x 1/2" piece of soft copper tubing with a gentle bend for the diptube.
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perfect. has anyone noticed problems with the weldless fitting on the BK? such as leaks due to high temps or anything?

i have used that vendor before for my cooler conversion, i cant believe i didnt loko there for this

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perfect. has anyone noticed problems with the weldless fitting on the BK? such as leaks due to high temps or anything?

i have used that vendor before for my cooler conversion, i cant believe i didnt loko there for this

the silicone washers are rated to 250° I believe so there is no problem there
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awesome. i'll make my order this week. bargain fittings should give you guys commission.

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Make sure the spigot fittings will work with your kettle. I bought an ebay kettle a while ago. 10 gallons, aluminum. That thing was 3/8" thick. According to email from bargainfittings.com that was too thick for the spigot. You probably have thinner walls, but it might be a good idea to do a quick check before you order.

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wow, good call, i never thought of that. i'll check

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Aluminum kettle with weldless bulkhead from BargainFittings. Used a #4 step bit to drill the hole. Inside the kettle is a 1/2" NPT x 1/2" pipe compression fitting holding an 8" x 1/2" piece of soft copper tubing with a gentle bend for the diptube.
I was just planning on siphoning, but this looks great! I'll save short piece of the copper I was just about to make my IC from!

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ETA: Is this the whole set up? (from your gallery)

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i wish those sight glasses werent out of stock. you cant beat that price. if they were there i would get a couple

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