Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stir rod fits the ball valve perfectly

Stir Rod stuck inside the ball
I accidentally poured my stir rod into my conical fermenter along with the yeast I had prepared. I figured it would come out when I dropped the yeast out after fermentation, but it did not come out. It is a magnet, so perhaps it was stuck to something. Today I racked my Traditional Bock into kegs, and still no stir rod. It wasn't until I tried to fully open my bottom ball valve did I notice it would not fully open. The stir rod fits almost perfectly into the ball inside the ball valve.

To get it out I was forced to open my ball valve, which has never done. the valves have been in use since last May when then conical was purchased. The insides of the valve was pretty bad, probably 8 batches of beer have gone through this valve and it was overdue for a cleaning. Of course, this prompted me to disassemble the racking arm valve, which happened to be in worse shape, and do the same exact thing.

I see butterfly valves in my future

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