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Offline M-O-O-N That spells beer!

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1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:39:35 pm »
I'm contemplating on purchasing a Blichmann G2 kettle and there are two options. 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve.  Which would be the better option and why?
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Offline Kutaka

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Re: 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 05:00:09 pm »
1/2 inch will drain faster.  What are you draining into?  A chiller?  A fermenter?

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Re: 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 05:17:01 pm »
+1 to half inch. You can always go slower.

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Re: 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 05:32:08 pm »
I am going to drain into a fermenter.


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Re: 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 06:06:31 pm »
+2 for 1/2". If you ever want to get a pump you'll need it.


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Re: 1/2" Barb for Drain Valve or 3/8" Barb for Drain Valve?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 11:01:19 am »
Maybe this comment should go in "unpopular" brewing opinions.  My SS BrewTech 10 gal. kettle came with a nice, three piece valve on the drain.  But since I plumb the drain to a transfer/recirc. pump, I never used the valve.  It was just a place for crud to collect and another thing to have to take apart and clean.  So I took it out of the system.  If I ever have to block the line to the pump, I can use a small vice grips to clamp the hose.
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