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Old 02-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Where are your guys putting your ball valve in your keggles. Between the handles or in direct line of one of the handles for tipping? Im Doing a keggle project and not sure whats best. I see blichmann has there theremometer and valve in direct line of there handles, kinda wanted to do the same for a keggle, but wasnt sure if its the correct way or not. Any advice would be great..

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Here is part two of Yuri's keggle conversion. It is a great depiction of what many of us do to lay out our holes.

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I'm inclined to say go higher than what your natural instinct tells you. Drill too low and you'll be screwed because you won't have a flat spot on the inside to mount your valve hardware to.

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I see he went between the handles, I was thinking of the handle facing the same direction as your valve. This way it would be easier to tip forward to collect more wort.

I guess the question is do people mount the valve in line with the handle or centered of the 2 handles...

If i did what he did in the video the vents on the bottom will not be centered to the ball valve, looks goofy..

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One thing to consider is the vent holes at the bottom. You don't want the heat wash burning up the plastic ball valve handles or messing with your thermometer. So you may not be able to line everything up perfectly centered in relation to your handles. It depends as each keg's holes are a little different. Just saying.........

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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Granted the ball valve is on the floor but these are the options to consider, which one do most people do for placement? The valve in line with the handle or the valve centered to both handles. Only have one shot, I wanna make it right.

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My valve is centered between the bottom vents, and in line with the handle. (your pic. #2) The sight glass and thermometer are 90° from the valve. I don't have to tip it to collect wort but when carrying through a doorway it's less likely to hit the thermometer/ sight glass and just bounce off the valve if you get careless. Nice looking keg you got there.

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I see he went between the handles, I was thinking of the handle facing the same direction as your valve. This way it would be easier to tip forward to collect more wort.

I guess the question is do people mount the valve in line with the handle or centered of the 2 handles...

If i did what he did in the video the vents on the bottom will not be centered to the ball valve, looks goofy..
Dip tube! No tipping needed... Easy to make with a brass compression fitting and a chunk of copper tube. Or order one in stainless from one of the HBT vendors. Just as long as you have tubing connected to the ball valve running lower than the bottom of the kettle it will siphon almost all the liquid. Depending on how you set it up you can to leave behind less than an 1/8" of liquid.
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Dip tube! No tipping needed... Easy to make with a brass compression fitting and a chunk of copper tube. Or order one in stainless from one of the HBT vendors. Just as long as you have tubing connected to the ball valve running lower than the bottom of the kettle it will siphon almost all the liquid. Depending on how you set it up you can to leave behind less than an 1/8" of liquid.
I ordered the whole blichmann weldless ball valve assembly, the same as ya see on there kettles. But it wont reach all the way to the center which is what i wanted so I didnt pick up all that hot/cold break and hop material..With the blichmann dip tube I expect to lose a 1/4 gallon which is fine. So i may have to tip a bit just to get a little more out..
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My valve is centered between the bottom vents, and in line with the handle. (your pic. #2) The sight glass and thermometer are 90° from the valve. I don't have to tip it to collect wort but when carrying through a doorway it's less likely to hit the thermometer/ sight glass and just bounce off the valve if you get careless. Nice looking keg you got there.
Thanks, actually saw a scraper with this keg in the back of his truck while geting gas. I offered him more than what he would get at the yard so he sold it to me. I have a few hours in it cleaning it up but talk about self gradification..
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