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Old 07-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default Removing the ball valve (really dumb question)

(Possibly the dumbest questions ever posted on this forum.)

I just bought a Penrose Kettle. I put the connector on, and then the valve, to check for leaks. No leaks, but now I cannot unscrew the connector. The valve came off, but the connector seems stuck. Is there a tool or trick I should be using to get it off?

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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Do you mean the nipple? If it's a close nipple you will have to use a npt nut and tighten it against the valve then you can unscrew the valve and nipple together. Or you can mangle it with pliers to get it out. If you want to be able to remove it easier get a hex nipple so you can unscrew it.

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
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Do you mean the nipple?
I don't know the term for this. So, the pot has a port (?) welded to it. There is a thing you screw into that, which is just a cylinder with threads on it. Then you screw the valve onto that cylinder. The cylinder is the part I cannot remove. Is that the nipple?
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:13 AM   #4
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Is that the nipple?
Yep.
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If it doesn't leak why take it off?

Cant believe you have never seen a nipple before Ppoor humor i know, what can I say... been drinking and brewing

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If it doesn't leak why take it off?
I thought that might make it easier to clean between brews. I always take my bottling bucket apart to clean, I thought this was the same type of thing.
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Probably not a bad Idea. Personally I just some boiling water through it for a few minutes and call it good. The ball valve being at the bottom of of your brew kettle should get plenty hot enough to kill things off anyway. Someone please correct me if I am way off base on this.

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i don't know what can be a better cleaning agent than boiling for an hr.

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i don't know what can be a better cleaning agent than boiling for an hr.
This. If you are REALLY concerned, you can open the valve during the boil and drain some into a small pot, then pour it back in the kettle. If you are using a propane burner its likely not needed as your pot, and valve, are heat sanitized anyway.
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