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Old 05-05-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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I use brass on my HLT but stainless on everything else. HLT is just hot water so acid leaching of lead should not be a problem.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:34 PM   #12
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I don't think there is anything wrong with brass but if you think you'll get serious about brewing in the future and may want to do SS later, then just do it now. It will be cheaper than buying both (starting with brass and then replacing with SS) in the long run. Since you're asking the question in the first place and considering SS, you should just do it.


What I found it that no 1 vendor will have the best price on everything or even have everything you need. Make a list of the parts you need and then a spreadsheet for the cheapest price and then one order each. Shipping multiple times can add up. Here are some of the places I've gotten parts from in the past.

This is the best place for nipples and barbs:
http://stores.ebay.com/KLG-Stainless-Inc

Camlocks:
http://proflowdynamics27.reachlocal....rs-_C12074.cfm

http://weldlessfittings.com/spareparts.html

http://www.buyfittingsonline.com/

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...te=common/home

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #13
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Just checked out http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/ link from above and they also seem to have a good selection and great prices as well. Need a 1/2 to 1/8 bushing though.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #14
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I originally went with brass valves in my hardware but changed to stainless later. I now only use the 3 piece stainless ball valves wherever I'm installing one. I've never seen a 3 piece brass ball valve and don't even know if you can get a two piece.

I originally went brass to save a few dollars. Later I changed more for peace of mind, and to get the added features of the 3 piece valves.

Every so often some of the vendors on HBT will have sales on the 3 piece ball valves. That's the time to either stock up for planned projects, or get the ones you need to change over. Or just have one or two 'spare' valves on hand. Never know when you'll want to install one on something.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #15
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Just checked out http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/ link from above and they also seem to have a good selection and great prices as well. Need a 1/2 to 1/8 bushing though.
No problem. In stock!
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I have brass in my mash tun & brew kettle; am I worried? NO. All the beer & animal fats I consume will kill me long before a little lead in brass fittings. Besides; I sometimes cross the road before looking both ways twice.

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:21 PM   #17
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It's a proven fact that brass is the leading known cause of death amongst infants who consume massive amounts of alcohol through brass nipples.

Go stainless, or risk killing more babies.

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it's a proven fact that brass is the leading known cause of death amongst infants who consume massive amounts of alcohol through brass nipples.

Go stainless, or risk killing more babies.

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It's a proven fact that brass is the leading known cause of death amongst infants who consume massive amounts of alcohol through brass nipples.

Go stainless, or risk killing more babies.

Damn, that is why my toddler wobbles when he walks. I just thought he was a sissy and couldn't handle his beer. It turns out this whole time I have been poisoning him with the lead in his brass nipples.

I feel like a horrible parent now
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It's a proven fact that brass is the leading known cause of death amongst infants who consume massive amounts of alcohol through brass nipples.

Go stainless, or risk killing more babies.


That is by far the funniest thing I have ever read on this forum!

We use a lot of fittings and I can tell you that brass has gone up significantly in price. There's no reason not to go stainless.
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