Plumbing Components

All plumbing components were stainless steel 1/2″ BSP fittings.

  • Union (29 off)

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These Unions were used to connect all replaceable components.  This allows all valves, sensors and pumps to be easily replaced if faulty.  They also proved to be useful when building the system by providing the flexibility to change the plumbing network.

  • Hex Nipple (50 off)

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Most components had female screw connectors. This meant liberal use of these nipples to connect the components.

  • 90 Degree Elbow (11 off)

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  • 4-way junction. (1 off)

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This was added to for cleaning the system. It allows the cleaning fluid to be distributed to the Kettle and Mash Tun simultaneously.

  • Hose Barb (8 off)

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The hose barbs allow flexible silicone hose to be used. Specifically, hose is used to connect the Mash Tun output to the Kettle input.

  • Tee (14 off)

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As well as allowing pipework to change direction. The Tees were also used to insert temperature probes into the flow.

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Check valves were used to help control the flow around the system. This saved requiring the more expensive and unnecessary flexible control provide by the Motorized valves.

  • Manual Valve (2 off)

Manual ball valves were used on the outputs of the Kettle and Mash Tun. This is to facilitate the remove of these vessels without their contents spilling on the floor.

  • Munsen Ring (10 off)

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Munsen rings permanently fix the pipework to the wall using corresponding brackets.

  • Filter (2 off)

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  • Earth Straps (9 off)

Not really a plumbing component but these were required to ensure continuity of earth to all metalwork. The Pumps and Flow sensors have plastic bodies so their ports had to be shorted with 10mm earth wire.

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