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Old 03-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #91
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A single SS ball bearing should work well for the valve...look inside a spray bottle for inspiration...

Large sized balls are often sold as "hunting shot" for a slingshot.
It would have to be hollow since a solid one would be too heavy.

Right now I'm focusing on making the fitting to go into PET carboys that will make it easy to transfer with a CO2 push.


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Old 03-08-2013, 09:50 PM   #92
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Delrin would be a good choice...maybe even some of the high durometer rubbers....


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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #93
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Delrin would be a good choice...maybe even some of the high durometer rubbers....
I have some delrin round on hand already. Once I start working again, I plan on getting the lathe tool that will allow me to create balls/rounds. I might make the tube ends out of PTFE stock. Or something that can handle temperatures above 220F. I could use the same material for the top end of the outer tube (to guide the cane).
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #94
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Golddiggie,

If you (or anyone else) ever builds one of these, send me a PM if you're interested in selling one.
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Delrin is a poor choice as it is not as dimensionally stable as other polymers. Delrin is one of the worst polymers with respect to water absorption, but it has gotten better over the years. Still, other materials are better. Skip the delrin and thank me later.

http://www2.dupont.com/Plastics/en_U...ign/DELDGe.pdf

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #96
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I'm still thinking about this. I'm also working on a way to use a CO2 push (easily) with PET carboys. Just need to drill a pair of holes into the first unit to see how it works. Need to test it to ensure that it comes out of the carboy before the pressure inside gets too close to tolerances.
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Here is mine. Designed and fabricated in 8 days. Stainless and teflon/PTFE.

It pumps 5G in 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Likely not gentle enough for fermented beer, but I made this for no-chill specifically.
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Here is mine. Designed and fabricated in 8 days. Stainless and teflon/PTFE.

It pumps 5G in 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Likely not gentle enough for fermented beer, but I made this for no-chill specifically.
Pretty sweet. You make it yourself? Total cost?

And why would fermented beer need to be handled gently? Other than oxygen exposure?
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Pretty sweet. You make it yourself? Total cost?

And why would fermented beer need to be handled gently? Other than oxygen exposure?
Yes, simply oxygen exposure.

Total cost was free, I do all the CAD work and programming for a CNC department. I have full access/control and lots of experience on all of the machinery. We were slow, and somebody on another forum gave me the idea. I used materials that were in stock, and not used in over 8 years. I figured they wouldn't miss it.
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I'd love prints if you can PM them to me. I'd love to do some machining.


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