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Reader Tip: Alternate Fitting for Spunding Valve Build

Thanks to HBF Reader Daniel for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting - 1/4" Male NPT x 1/4" Female Inverted Flare

Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare by Camco

A cln_tn_spundingSpunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve]

This is a brass fitting that Daniel proposes as an alternative to this fitting featured in my Spunding Valve Build.

From Daniel: “The flare end is inverted, meaning it won’t fit directly on the gas QD. I was easily able to drill out the inversion and turn this into a “normal” female flare fitting. Now my spunding valve is fully brass/stainless.”

Note that you have to modify this fitting for it to work in my build.  Daniel says to use a 3/8″ Drill bit… “The 3/8 bit is small enough to fit in the female flare portion of the fitting and almost fully fill the space. This ensures the drill will take out the inverted flaring exactly in the center. As opposed to a tad off center which might mess up the final fit.”

Photos [click to zoom] of Daniel’s finished build…

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Camco 59953 Propane Fitting – 1/4″ Male NPT x 1/4″ Female Inverted Flare

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10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts (for DIY Tap Handles)

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8"-16 Internal Threads, 0.625" Length (Pack of 10)

10 Pack of EZ Lok Threaded Brass Inserts ( 3/8″-16, .625″ Length).  Use to make your own custom tap handles.  Check out this review for some additional information and insight.

4/28/16 8:45 AM Central: These are selling for $4.80. Shipping is also free with Prime Membership or a qualifying order. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.  See Recent Amazon Finds and our Amazon Fillers Resource Page to help you put together an order that qualifies for free shipping.

E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 3/8″-16 Internal Threads, 0.625″ Length (Pack of 10)

Related – the optional drive tool…
E-Z LOK Drive Tool – Optional – Use with 329-6, 329-601, 329-624, 303-6, 303-624, 319-6, 319-624, 335-6, 450-10, 550-6, 650-10, 650-10F, 453-10, 653-10, 653-10F, 400-6, 400-624

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SS Carbonation Caps – for PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning Pump

UP100 Line Cleaning Cap Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling,w/ 5/16" Barb

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps with 5/16″ barb.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

UP100 Line Cleaning Cap Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling,w/ 5/16″ Barb

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90 mm Cooling Fan (DIY Stir Plate, Kegerator Circulation)

90mm x 25mm DC 12V 2Pin Cooling Fan for Computer Case CPU Cooler

90mm x 25mm DC 12V 2Pin Cooling Fan.  Possible uses include… putting together a DIY Stir Plate and using this for a recirculating fan in your kegerator – See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan

90mm x 25mm DC 12V 2Pin Cooling Fan for Computer Case CPU Cooler

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1/3 HP Submersible Utility Pump

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1/3 HP Submersible Utility Pump by Superior Pump.  2,400 gallons per hour, corrosion resistant construction, 10 foot cord.  This includes a garden hose adapter as well.

Possible uses around your homebrewery: DIY keg and carboy cleaner, draft line cleaner and a recirculation pump for wort chilling.

Superior Pump 91330 1/3 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump

Also available in a 1/4 HP version… Superior Pump 91250 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump

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SS Carbonation Caps – for PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning Pump – $11.99 Shipped

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Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps with 5/16″ barb.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

These are selling for just $9.99.  Shipping is just $2.
Carbonation-Cap-All-Stainless-Top-Quality-Plus-A-Free-Inner-O-ring – $9.99 + $2 Shipping

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Coleman 48 Quart Cooler + Building a Mash Tun

48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler by Coleman

48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler by Coleman

Holds 63 cans, tall enough to carry 2 liter bottles, hinged lid, two way handles, rustproof and leak-proof drain.

This is the same cooler that’s featured in the AHA’s Article… Building a Mash Tun has Never Been So Easy.  That build is based on Denny Conn’s design.

Coleman 48 Quart Cooler

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