Hands on Review Blichmann 1/2″ Linear Flow Valve – Install in any kettle
Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering Linear Flow Valve
Blichmann Engineering’s Linear Flow Valve was first introduced as part of their BoilerMaker G2 Kettle. It is a ball lock valve replacement. Since that kettle was released the Liner Flow Valve has been released as a separate product.
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The Linear Flow Valve Consists of a body and an inner removable torpedo. The body is semi-permanently installed in your kettle, while the inner is adjusted as needed and removable for cleaning.
The inside of the linear valve. There isn’t much to it. Easy to clean and sanitize.Side view of the inside of the Linear ValveThe valve bodyThe Wow Shot…That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body. No tools are required to take the Linear Valve apart. The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out. No tools. When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me. I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning. How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning? I wouldn’t use the word… often. The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.
Can You Install This in Any Kettle??
Bryan over at Great Fermentations is my go-to Blichmann guru. Bryan says Blichmann’s Linear Flow Valve can be installed in any kettle with the aid of Blichmann’s Dip Tube Kettle Fitting Bulkhead.
In my opinion, the Linear Flow Valve is revolutionary. Beyond being well thought out and well built, it’s ingenious. This valve replaces standard ball valves and offers great control (linear flow), flexibility (adjusts to any orientation) and superior cleanability (center pops out with no tools).
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This valve is also used in their Riptide pump, I absolutely love it – great control over flow and super easy cleanup.
Will it only work with the Blichmann Dip Tube Kettle Fitting? Or can it be used with other 1/2″ NPT fittings?
Would this be useable with a pump to be able to provide more precise flow control?
You know what…. maybe. That’s a really good idea. I just ordered one today, so I’ll be able to try it out. Great idea!
Please post a follow-up with our findings 🙂
Your findings I mean
Got it… I’ll plan on it!
I use a 3 vessel system with two pumps and I have one of these valves on the output of my wort pump and it works perfectly to control flow during the sparge.
Seeing that this is the only major update between the G1 and G2 pots, now is the time to get a Scratch & Dent G1. Thanks for the writeup!!