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Old 10-27-2008, 04:16 AM   #1
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I need to put a spigot on my brewpot and am wondering two things:

1) is it worth pitching 40-45 bucks for one of those stainless steel weld-less assemblies they sell on NB and other supply chains. Or is it safe to go the economical route and make one out of brass from parts from Lowe's? I'm not sure whether or not brass gives off some kind of off taste or what the deal is, but...basically, is it worth saving $20?

2) obviously, brewpots tend to be cylindrical, so do these "flat" weld-less fittings make a snug fit or is it going to leak? Should I just try and weld it? Second, there is no current hole in the pot (relatively thick stainless steel)...so how hard is it to drill a hole in these things with out making it look like lightning hit and formed the hole?

I guess I had three questions, I'd be thankful for any input.


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Old 10-27-2008, 04:50 AM   #2
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if you have to ask...you don't have the skills to weld it....so don't try.

Brass is fine, however John Palmer advises using vinegar and baking soda to remove the surface lead.
I'm not sure if I am too concerned about it, but for no more effort than it takes....Give it a go.

However.,...There are weld less fittings for 1/2 what you are talking about....I just don't know where....although I have one....Damn....Maybe beer really does kill brain cells.


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Old 10-27-2008, 05:10 AM   #4
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Ditto what BigKahuna says abut the brass (all the way around). Drilling the hole is no big feat, just make sure you purchase the correct size hole saw from Lowes or Home Depot. As far as leaking goes, the spigots/valves have Durometer o-rings on the outside and inside that get compressed when you tighten the nut on the inside. Go with the brass weld-less and save the $$$.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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MOREBEER HAS THE BEST PRICE!!!! Get this weldless bulkhead ($13), and buy a $5, 1/2" full port brass ball valve from Lowes, the whole setup, $18.

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buy that plumbing tape too. very important.
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My personal opinion, weldless sucks. If you can find a competent welder in your area with a TIG setup, go for that instead. I know, there are thousands of satisfied users of weldless setups but you all know you would have had them welded in if it were the same price. It doesn't hurt to ask around and get a few price quotes.
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The only reason I am considering weldless is because I have a thin aluminum pot, which would melt if someone tried to weld on it.
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The only reason I am considering weldless is because I have a thin aluminum pot, which would melt if someone tried to weld on it.
Its not easy but it can be done.
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but not worth it... I can't justify spending $50 or $100 or however much it would cost to have welded fittings on a $15 pot.


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