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Old 07-18-2012, 02:53 AM   #1
Apr 2012
Port Orchard, WA
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I know people put valves on stainless pots, but has anyone put one on an aluminum pot? I would think it would be possible, just wondering what are some pros or cons.

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:57 AM   #2
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Dec 2008
Providence Village, Texas
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I did it, with the bulkhead and valve assembly from bargain fitting. Aluminum is easier to drill into as well. A nice step bit helps. Never leaked!
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:06 AM   #3
May 2010
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Yup. Works fine. I currently brew with one

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Old 07-18-2012, 03:06 AM   #4
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As mentioned, get a good step bit and you'll be fine. I would still do what you can to cool the bit, to keep it sharp. It WILL be easier to drill than stainless (by a healthy margin) so you'll like that part. I would go with a stainless ball valve setup when making a kettle. Figure out if you're going to use a dip tube and then place the hole to make it work.

I did this with two aluminum pots (making them kettles) before going on to stainless kettles/keggles.

If you are going to go with a dip tube, then I would get the valve with a simple 1/2" NPT to 1/2" compression fitting and then the dip tube with the delrin ferrule to match. Like this one for $22 (just add ball valve and o-rings and maybe a washer/spacer to help). I like the bent dip tube in my keggle, but it can work just as well in a kettle.
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