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Old 06-04-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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I've used my Brewhemoth conical for four batches now and decided I'd better take off the valves and clean them. I tried to disassemble them but even though I removed the bolts holding the two halves of main body together, the handle part wouldn't allow them to come apart. Does anyone have a schematic or can you describe how to get these apart? Or is it even possible to do this? Looks like theres a rubber gasket material in the center that the butterfly valve seats on.


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Old 06-05-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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I've used my Brewhemoth conical for four batches now and decided I'd better take off the valves and clean them. I tried to disassemble them but even though I removed the bolts holding the two halves of main body together, the handle part wouldn't allow them to come apart. Does anyone have a schematic or can you describe how to get these apart?
Not a Brewhemoth owner.

All my butterfly valves from different manufactures disassemble the same way.
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Or is it even possible to do this?
The first thing you have to remove the screw, set screw or bolt from the handle.






The hard part is the handle removal, requires a flat screwdriver and force.
Some valves have a square or rectangular shaft.



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Looks like theres a rubber gasket material in the center that the butterfly valve seats on.
After you remove the four bolts and a little force the valve comes apart.
The gasket looks like the black one or the white silicone.
I just replaced the gasket a few weeks ago.





The butterfly valves don't need to be disassembled for cleaning like the ball valves.
No dead space for any material or fluid buildup.

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Old 06-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #3
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I was just overlooking the screw on the handle piece. I have the one like your last handle pic and all the holes obscured the presence of that screw. Plus I wasn't sure I needed/wanted to take it apart. Thanks much for the great advice, that explains it for me.
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