How to Install A Ball Valve on Your Kettle

You have weighed the options, done the math, and made the decision that it is cheaper to modify your own brew kettle than to buy one with the ball valve already installed. Now the prospect of taking a drill to your pristine stainless steel kettle is a bit daunting. Hopefully I will be able to shed a bit of light to the process because it is not that difficult, but to be honest still a little scary because you don’t want to mess up a new kettle.

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New “Water Tower” Wort Chiller; Yuba Gold #3

A new wort chiller design was built and had it’s first test during the brewing of yet another new batch of Yuba Gold (#3). It is essentially a cooling tower constructed with a 10-foot garden hose, swimming flotation device (“noodle”), nylon ties and some fittings to attach to the kitchen sink faucet. A drill is used to make small holes every 2 inches or so and aimed at the inside of the device. The water…

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Oak Tree #3 brewed and fermenting

The third time’s a charm! Actually the club’s American Amber Ale style beer has always been a favorite. This one should be a little lighter in body, but just as full in flavor and ABV. Propane Burner This is the club’s first attempt at outdoor brewing with boil cook stand and propane tank. Quite an upgrade from the 1800-watt indoor electric range top burner. Bringing brew water to boil was so much faster and better…

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