Poor man’s valve tree- 3v rims with in line chiller

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I’ve been seeing a few hard plumbed systems lately that have had me drooling. I never thought it really made sense other than the bling factor for homebrew. That’s a lot of stainless.

I figured I would try to take a stab at a valve system using 3 way ball valves and regular old silicone tubing.

Here’s what I came up with.

In all, I needed 5 “L 3 way ball valves”, 1 “T 3 way valve”, a 4 way cross and 3 regular ball valves.

You can use whatever ends you want, whether barbs or camlocks. I used an assortment of them.

This set up let’s your recirculate through rims, fly sparge through the same recirculation manifold (good for blichmann autosparge). You can whirlpool both with or without the in line chiller. Go direct from chiller to fermentation vessel.

I’ll be doing a brew day tomorrow, but I believe I should be able to get through the whole process with no hose swaps.

It was also important to me that I not have to figure a way to mount the valves to a frame. All valves are solid on either a kettle or pump head.
 

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Pretty cool. The only time I spill anything is the drops from hose swaps.


Yeah, it’s something at the home brew scale that’s completely unnecessary. It’s cool though. It was nice not having to swap any hoses, and there wasn’t a single drop spilled. I guess it has more of a brewery feel to it.

All in for less than 100 dollars for all the parts that I had to buy new, it’s been fun.
 
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