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Old 12-26-2006, 02:05 PM   #1
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I got a stainless valve and brewometer for my bewpot this christmas, but now I am trying to figure out if I can do the install myself... I have no problem with the drilling part, but I dont know what the best placement is for the valve ...??? does something connect to the valve to allow it to drain closer to the bottom..?!?! does anyone have pics or a writeup on the right way to set this all up..?!?! Thank in advance for everyones help...

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Old 12-26-2006, 02:16 PM   #2
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You need to put it as close to the bottom as possible but have it on a vertical flat face, not curved and not on a weld. If this means fitting it higer then do so because you can fit a dip/syphon tube to get to the bottom of the kettle.

Hope that makes sense.


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Old 12-26-2006, 02:26 PM   #3
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You need to put it as close to the bottom as possible but have it on a vertical flat face, not curved and not on a weld. If this means fitting it higer then do so because you can fit a dip/syphon tube to get to the bottom of the kettle.

Hope that makes sense.
Do you jsut use a tube or should it be something like all the copper manifolds I see people building..?? also, should I think about using some sort of screen over the tube to keep the hops from siphoning out..?? Thanks again...

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Old 12-26-2006, 02:30 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use plastic tubing, it could melt. Use copper an yes you need some type of screening device to stop the hops.
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:31 PM   #5
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Do you really need a thermometer on your brew kettle? It's boiling or it's not... I think they started putting these on brewpots "just because". Unless you use your brew kettle as a HLT you don't need it, kinda like a site glass on a brew kettle, not needed and if it breaks while your boiling, you'll lose all your wort with no way to stop boiling hot wort from coming out.

Brew kettle needs a way to get the wort in to boil it, and a way to get the wort out when finished boiling. Anything else IMO, is a point of failure for something to go wrong. If you insist on knowing the temp of your "boiling" wort, use a turkey fryer style of thermometer, it will never start leaking out the side of the pot.

 
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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I connected a domed false bottom from More Beer to my kettle valve. It stops the hops nicely and leaves less than 1/4" of wort in the kettle.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:37 PM   #7
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My LHBS has my brewpot now and is installing everything... I'm going to let them drill this first one and then when I convert all my keg shells, I'll do those ones myself....

 
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:55 PM   #8
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Do you really need a thermometer on your brew kettle? It's boiling or it's not... I think they started putting these on brewpots "just because". Unless you use your brew kettle as a HLT you don't need it, kinda like a site glass on a brew kettle, not needed and if it breaks while your boiling,

I like having a thermometer as I cool with an immersion chiller and keep the pot covered during cooling, it also gives me a gauge of when I'm nearing the boil to watch for a boil over. More than a thermometer, I like having a sight gauge on the brew kettle so I know when I'm near my boil volume. Neither are necesary, but I find both helpful and added them to my kettle after having neither for quite awhile.

 
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:15 PM   #9
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I like having a thermometer as I cool with an immersion chiller and keep the pot covered during cooling, it also gives me a gauge of when I'm nearing the boil to watch for a boil over. More than a thermometer, I like having a sight gauge on the brew kettle so I know when I'm near my boil volume. Neither are necesary, but I find both helpful and added them to my kettle after having neither for quite awhile.
good reply... I also feel like when you have to constantly use an external thermometer, each time you are opening yourself to a possible contamination... We all sanitize our equipemnt , but you never know whats could happen... just my opinion...

 
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:25 PM   #10
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I would be interested in the proper placement of a site glass since I would like to add one also. Can you put it anywhere height wise and then calibrate it by filling with water and marking the different levels or does placement need to be a specific spot?


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