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Old 11-01-2013, 04:35 AM   #1
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Default Finally upgrading to ball valve on bk

I think I'm going with the weldless kit from bargain fittings. I was thinking 2 piece ball valve with hose barb to 90 degree elbow and 45 degree side pick up tube.

My 17 gallon bk has pretty thick walls so I'm going with the premium kit.

Am I missing anything? Or is there any advice for this? Just covering my bases before I pull the trigger.

Also, how far up open the kettle to you drill?


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Old 11-01-2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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Up on the kettle. I hate autocorrect sometimes.


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Old 11-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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Spend a couple dollars more and get the 3 piece ball valve.
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I do like the 3-pieces better than the 2-pieces, but either one will get the job done.

I'm not sure why you'd need both a 90-degree elbow and a 45-degree side pick-up tube.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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I do like the 3-pieces better than the 2-pieces, but either one will get the job done.

I'm not sure why you'd need both a 90-degree elbow and a 45-degree side pick-up tube.
Just easier to clean? I may do that if that's the case. And on their site it says to get the 45 elbow or the 90 elbow if you do a side pick up either elbow is free with the kit so I figured grab the one that will end up closest to the side. I usually whirlpool and the thought was farther to the edge would be the least trub. Correct me if I'm wrong though.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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re: the ball valve, the two piece are actually pretty easy to take apart. I've accidentally done it when messing with fittings. It was all clean in there though so I never break them down.
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I just bought the set up you are talking about from BargainFittings a couple weeks ago. We used it last weekend and it worked awesome.

On the inside of the keggle is a 90 degree street elbow that points downward. This leaves about 3/4 of a gallon in the bottom of the keggle. That doesn't seem like too much left over to me so I am fine with it for now.
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Probably going to pull this trigger on this.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:21 AM   #9
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A ball valve on the bk is happy making. Like groundchuck, I use a 90deg elbow down into the flat-bottom pot and it leaves only 8 oz behind. 'O course, that low it picks up a good amount of crud. Tradeoffs.

I got 2-piece valve for economy. If you can, get the 3-piece. I pulled apart both in the store and IMO the 3-piece cleans more surely.
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I'll probably go 3 piece. Also I think I am going to get the pick up tube, based on what you guys are saying. I don't like leavin beer behind and I like to whirlpool so I can leave the majority of the trub.


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