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Old 01-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #11
Sep 2012
Ottawa, Ontario
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Good idea. Even better, run it back into your system for cleaning/flushing.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #12
Mar 2012
, MA
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I'd think that a brass fitting would be fine, most of us use them in our mash tuns. Just pickle it first to remove surface lead, and if you're still worried dump out the water that was standing in the fitting.

Like others mentioned, this will be much higher pressure since it's not coming from a faucet. So be careful.

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Old 01-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Chugmaster View Post
Is this really an issue to be worrying about or should I be spending my time on brewing?
OMG RDDWHAHB...chances are your kitchen faucet is brass...did ya pickle that, spend some time brewing IMHO!

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:49 AM   #14
Mar 2011
Lake Saint Louis, MO
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Yup, that's just what I did. Works great. Love starting the strike water at 120 instead of 60.

One thing I did was screw an end-cap plug onto the Y-valve between brew-days. Just in case that ball valve ever leaked, the end-cap would stop it from flooding my laundry-room. It never leaked, but better safe than sorry.

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #15
Jul 2007
Oceanside, CA
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I have that exact Y-valve near my washing machine. The one side comes off to feed my Reverse Osmosis De-ionizing filter unit, which is used for salt water tank. I tapped in off the second part (sediment and carbon) of the 4 part filter to feed my brew water. I remove the filter when done getting my water and use this same valve to provide cooling water to my immersion coil. I drain the water from my cooling to do a load of laundry while I finish up my brewing.

I like the idea of tapping off the hot water to fill my kettle to speed up brewing but don't think the first two elements of my filter would be happy with the heat.

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #16
Apr 2010
Fairfax, Virginia
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I'm building a water manifold today to use tomorrow, but I'm running a straight line out to my brewing location where the manifold will be and that will allow me to control the water supply from out there instead of at the washing machine tap.

I can't use the hot water side because I'm also using the supply for my plate chiller.

Haven't decided yet if I'm going to get crazy and add a filter, we'll see what I find at Lowe's.

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:34 PM   #17
Apr 2010
Fairfax, Virginia
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Let me see If this will work from my phone, here is a picture of the fitting I built yesterday. I decided against doing a manifold, it's so easy to move around hoses I couldn't justify building a whole distro system.

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This is a male hose fitting to 1/2 pipe fitting screwed onto a boiler valve. Just two parts. This allows me to have a shut off at the end of the hose so I can just leave the feed on inside the house.

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Saved a ton of time and made things a lot easier while brewing.

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