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Old 06-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Has anybody had any success using a ball valve purchased from home depot on there keggles? I'm thinking about going that route on my hot liquor tank
and I am trying to figure out ways to attach it to the keggle. It will be weldless ...any ideas will be appreciated thanks!

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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All of the valves I have seen at Home Depot are Galvanized Steel, Brass, Copper, or CPVC.
I haven't found Stainless Steel at HD but I may have looked in the wrong section.
I cannot certify the brass is Lead free either.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
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Hi

The ones they have at the local are all brass valves. Two basic issues:

1) Some people don't like brass (lead, corrosion, zombie attractors ...)

2) The seals on them are likely "low temperature". They aren't designed for continuous use at boiling temperatures.

Neither one may be an issue in your situation. There are some real cheap buys on valves on eBay ....

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I never thought about ebay having ball valves, I will check it out .And as for the ball valve having lead in it I would have to double check thanks!

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You can use brass but you'll pay $9 plus whatever sales tax.. several vendors including myself have all stainless kits for not much more. We've taken all the guesswork and trial and error out of making a weldless bulkhead.

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Yup, What he said^^^. I got all stainless, with stainless camlocks for around 50 bucks for a march pump three tier system with ballvale/bulkhead fittings on all three kettles and tuns. Had to wait a whole extra day for one of the part numbers I ordered to arrive and be shipped. Him or Bargain fitting, whatever tickles your fancy, they are competitave price wise and both have great customer service.
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You can use brass but you'll pay $9 plus whatever sales tax.. several vendors including myself have all stainless kits for not much more. We've taken all the guesswork and trial and error out of making a weldless bulkhead.
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Yup, What he said^^^.
^^ me 3.

I made a ball valve assy out of some crap from home depot a long time ago. Looked great for about an hour, but soon became a rusty mess.
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Hi

Even "premium" stainless steel ball valves run around $25 or so. The eBay ones I got were about $16 for the four bolt ones and maybe $10 for the simple ones. Not a lot of money....

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Thanks for all the good info... cheers!

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Old 06-09-2012, 02:07 AM   #10
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I do not think you can beat the ball valves from Stout Conicals. You can take them totally apart in about 30 seconds.

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