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Old 07-27-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Yesterday I decided that I would start my keggle project and it went great. Now I'am second guessing myself a little. I drilled 1/2 inch hole to adapt the 1/4 inch ball valve that I had bought. It drains a little slow, but thats fine. Anyways if I wanted to upgrade to a larger ball valve, I could use the 1/4 inch hole to adapt a thermometer or just leave it the way it is.

Any suggestions out there?


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Old 07-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Just drill a 7/8" hole to make a 1/2" ball valve fit. Use a step bit to open the 1/4" hole ya already have..



 
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:43 PM   #3
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I thought about that option, but I'am on a budget and the step bit was a costly $44 at Lowes.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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Harbor freight has em cheap, there good for about 2 times...lol

I boughy the expensive one only cause i knew id use it for more than keggles...

Maybe some one ya know has one ya could just borrow..

 
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #5
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couldn't I just drill it our with a 7/16th drill bit.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
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couldn't I just drill it our with a 7/16th drill bit.
It wont be a perfect circle, may leak..

 
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:07 PM   #7
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true. So, would I be better with what I have or taking the chance to redrill?
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #8
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true. So, would I be better with what I have or taking the chance to redrill?
Depends what your using the keggle for, if its a mash tun then...for sure a 1/2" valve. If your using it for a boil kettle should be fine. Just make sure ya get a good whirlpool and leave the junk in the center. Hops, and break material might get stuck in that little of a valve and or restrict flow to a just a trickle..

 
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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Just strickly a kettle. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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My Harbor Freight step bits are going strong after multiple uses. Just go slow and keep it cool. I just kept spraying water on it while it was cutting.



 
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