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Old 07-09-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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I have no ball valve in the converted keg BK I use. I chill with my IC then stir like hell to whirlpool. 15 mins later I auto siphon from the side and get very clear wort. I'll get a ball valve when I get a pump, for now that's $$ put toward grain.


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Old 07-10-2009, 12:42 PM   #12
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I have a valve on my pot and have never used it.


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Old 07-10-2009, 01:17 PM   #13
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I don't know how I brewed before I put valves on my pots. One of the top 3 upgrades I have ever made.

But I run a plate chiller, so that's probably the main reason.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:47 PM   #14
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no, you don't "need" one.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:08 PM   #15
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no, you don't "need" one.
Agreed, in the same way one doesn't "need" a Ferrari. You still know that you'd buy one if you could. I don't have a Ferrari or a ball valve for any of my equipment, but something tells me I'll be acquiring many, many ball valves before my first Ferrari.
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I need my balls, but I don't need my ball valve. Ok, I don't really "need" my balls, but I would like to keep them. I already have an excellent singing voice.

EDIT: And I certainly don't "kneed" my balls.

Sorry for the hijack. Couldn't resist.
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Agreed, in the same way one doesn't "need" a Ferrari. You still know that you'd buy one if you could. I don't have a Ferrari or a ball valve for any of my equipment, but something tells me I'll be acquiring many, many ball valves before my first Ferrari.
well said, If I found one i'd put it in !!!
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I have been thinking about installing a ball valve on my kettle, but I've gotten by for a long time without it so I'm not really motivated.

So far as transferring 5 gallons of hot wort, I just use my HDPE pitcher that I bought at Walmart for $1. I transfer a few gallons via the pitcher and then the remaining wort in the pot is easy to handle.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:28 AM   #19
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I need my balls, but I don't need my ball valve. Ok, I don't really "need" my balls, but I would like to keep them. I already have an excellent singing voice.

EDIT: And I certainly don't "kneed" my balls.

Sorry for the hijack. Couldn't resist.
You are absolutely killing me. Thanks for the laugh!!!
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25 years brewing, on and off, never used a valve on the kettle, not sure I ever will? Maybe someday??


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