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Old 04-23-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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Is there any reason to use a SS ball valve and bulkhead in my kettle rather than a brass one?
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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The only thing I can think of would be corrosion. I would hate to see something green anywhere near my kettle
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Many people would say that you need to pickle it to prevent possible lead contamination, but others would give the thumbs up. I have brass ball valves all over my setup.
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Yeah, that's basically what I've read. Thanks.

Is there any reason to make it 1/2" ID instead of 3/8" ID? I don't want to have to buy a more expensive step drill bit.
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If you're ever planning on using a pump, I would go with 1/2. I originally had 3/8 on all my stuff and just upgraded last month to 1/2.
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If you're ever planning on using a pump, I would go with 1/2. I originally had 3/8 on all my stuff and just upgraded last month to 1/2.

+5 on this! Pump performance is greatly affected by the diameter of any pipe, hose or fittings in the circuit. Much more so than might be expected. Bigger is better in this case.
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Many people would say that you need to pickle it to prevent possible lead contamination, but others would give the thumbs up. I have brass ball valves all over my setup.
All parts inside that possibly touch beer are SS anyway. I say thumbs up and no worries!
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Cool. Thanks for the replies people. Pumps aren't even remotely in my immediate future anyway. And I have the 3/8" parts laying around already. I'll just upgrade in a few years if needed.
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