I use 1/4" and 5/16" gas lines indiscriminately. I don't think it matters.
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My kegs are ball lock. I would like to eventually have 4 taps and have all of the kegs pressured independently. So, any suggestions on a regulator?
FYI if you use lock nuts for the burner mounting bolts, the plastic piece inside will melt. I'd suggest spring nuts stripped of the spring, which is probably what you did Justin.I would have used lock washers, what are spring nuts?
How did you attach the burners?
For the Blichmann I removed the legs and simply predrilled and screwed to mount the burner with the windscreen. The interior width of the stand was almost perfect for that burner.
For the HLT burner, basically the same scenario, but I had to cut the legs off with my grinder, and mounted just about the same way.
That will clog. Even a bazooka screen clogs pretty easily in a kettle unless you get a strong whirlpool.
Get this mesh from McMaster. I skipped the step where they sewed the edges with ss thread. It's a PITA and crimping it twice works just as well.
Nothing with 80 lbs of liquid is easy or safe to move when full. The better solution is to make changes so you don't have to move it.With boiling hot liquid, more so.
To address the original question, use a tiered stand and gravity to transfer the liquid. The more costly solution is a pump(s) to move the liquid on a single level set up.
These things ARE tiny and would just quickly clog at the start of runoff. And they're made of plastic ('polyporpylene', per the website ).
You can add some weight to your spider in the form of a stainless bolt or fitting to keep it submerged, but it wont keep out hop break.
A lot of folks like the hop stopper. Lots of good DIY options when you Google it.
Whirlfloc combined with a good whirlpool (and rest afterwards) gives me pretty clear beer into the fermentor, especially if I pull the first quart out of the valve. Especially if you get rid of hop matter via spider. This is working for me in the mean time until installing a hop back. A few more brewery improvements on the list first.