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Offline 69franx

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« on: October 25, 2014, 10:17:28 PM »
My new kettle has TC connections and came with an adaptor for the included ball valve. When cleaning my kettle, this connection leaked between the adaptor and the valve. It was not the TC connection, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not tighten the valve on the adaptor enough to prevent he leak. This was with warm to hot cleaning water so I am worried about the connection's performance during a boil with the pressure of 8.5 gallons above it. Any ideas on how to seal it up tighter? I have plenty of plumbers tape but not sure how well that works with a boil or if it's a clean enough connection. Unless I hear otherwise, I am going to just do my best and if it leaks heating my strike water, I will be using my old kettle
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2014, 10:27:15 PM »
Did you use Teflon tape?


Edit - just saw plumbers tape. Four or five wraps should do you well.

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2014, 12:50:41 AM »
For cleaning I had not done anything, I will add the tape tomorrow before firing it up
Thanks steve


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Re: My BruGear kettle
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2014, 03:17:03 AM »
always always use teflon tape if those fittings are stainless steel. they can gall up and become very difficult to take apart.
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Re: My BruGear kettle
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2014, 06:03:16 AM »

always always use teflon tape if those fittings are stainless steel. they can gall up and become very difficult to take apart.

Yep, especially when heat is involved.

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2014, 06:46:39 AM »
Thanks all, that's what I thought, just making sure


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Re: My BruGear kettle
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2014, 07:30:46 PM »
Just finished my boil and chilling to 70, wort is chilling further over night in chest freezer to 45, along with my starter. Loved the way this kettle worked for me today. Came quickly to a boil, easy to read markings inside, and the Teflon plumbers tape helped seal the valve connection. It was a beautiful day to brew outside. Now for a snack, home brew, cleaning and then try to watch or listen to the Browns take on their second winless team in 2 weeks. This of course will be followed by a team with one win next week. C'mon Browns, this is your time!
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In the works: Hopefully brewing 10 gallons of Pilsner tomorrow for a family reunion in July, then back to IPA and  a barleywine to age