Originally Posted by Outbred
So I've been putting together a pair of cheap brew pots ...
This my first piece of advice. Valves not made for "Food Grade" use can have all kinds of crap on them. Drop back and punt, Get better, not the best, but better valves. Check with JayBird here on HBT. he has just set up a shop and rumor has it he has them CHEAP but brewing quality.