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Old 03-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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Welded has the obvious benefit of being leak free however I like the fact I can take apart a weldless fitting and thoroughly clean it whenever I feel like it.

Can I get some other opinions out there?

Do you have to fully take apart and clean a weldless fitting every use?

Thanks for you help

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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My weldless is leak free. Personally I haven't removed to clean my weldless setup since I got it. I run star san through it good enough for me

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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My weldless is leak free. Personally I haven't removed to clean my weldless setup since I got it. I run star san through it good enough for me
Aren't you worried some nasty critters could be looming somewhere? Is this not really an issue since you are boiling?

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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I'm not the least bit worried I run oxy through it every now and again and star san every brew day. My valve get hot as a mofo during boiling I'm pretty sure aids could live through those temps. But I have yet to have an issue with my process and like red green use to say if it anit broken don't fix it

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:55 AM   #5
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There are more places for critters but the boil takes care of that. It's a matter of how clean you want to keep things.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:20 AM   #6
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Are there any cons with welded in terms of sanitation. Would/could the weld breakdown over time?

In the end its all a matter of preference correct?

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:23 AM   #7
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a welded fitting is only a threaded coupler, everything else is removable for cleaning.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:07 AM   #8
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Are there any cons with welded in terms of sanitation. Would/could the weld breakdown over time?

In the end its all a matter of preference correct?
Not if it's done right. Everything in the cheese plant I help manage is welded 316 stainless. Nothing's threaded that can make product contact.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
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Generally do you leave weldless fittings as is and rarely fully dismantle for cleaning? What are the most common inside fittings (if any)?

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #10
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I leave my weldless fitting on my HLT, but remove the fittings from my HLT and BK to clean after each batch. I boil the fitting and valve for my BK before each batch (to sanitize).

As for inside fittings, I have a full coupler connected to a dip tube in each vessel.

 
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