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I can't quite tell from the picture, but can you fit a hose over the end to drain to the bottom of a keg without splashing?

It looks like the outlet is angled a bit which could make it hard to put a house on it.

And...does the inside diametre suit a bottling wand for bottling?
 

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I can't quite tell from the picture, but can you fit a hose over the end to drain to the bottom of a keg without splashing?

It looks like the outlet is angled a bit which could make it hard to put a house on it.

And...does the inside diametre suit a bottling wand for bottling?
Good questions! Hmmm...
Can you put a hose on the snap taps?
 

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The ones from Bunnings are only a couple of bucks and they work fine on the BMW Plastics cubes & barrels. They also have a largetr spout than yours appears to have, so you can slip a decent portion of hose over them.
 

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Snap Taps

i'd recommend one of these as they are made to disassemble, makes cleaning/sanitation easier.
 

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The ones from Bunnings are only a couple of bucks and they work fine on the BMW Plastics cubes & barrels. They also have a largetr spout than yours appears to have, so you can slip a decent portion of hose over them.
Is the tap opening mechanism different to this?
 

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Looks the same as the ones I got from Bunnings and take the Coopers bottling wand no problem. I take mine apart for cleaning and not had any leaks so far. They are nearly cheap enough to replace every brew.
 

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Looks the same as the ones I got from Bunnings and take the Coopers bottling wand no problem. I take mine apart for cleaning and not had any leaks so far. They are nearly cheap enough to replace every brew.
Thanks. Will check them out. Perhaps the ones I have are a bit worn out.
Almost every time I turn them off they start to unscrew.
 

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No mate wrong way round when you turn them on they tend to unscrew turn them off tightens them.
Suggest you lube them when you take them apart seems to work I use spray olive oil (no infections yet) because I don't have any keg lube.

Edit: forget that you are correct turning them on unscrews them I got my left hand threads mixed up.
 

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Might sound silly but how do they come apart. I've never even thought they could. And I think mine unscrews the same way you turn the taP off too but I don't have the unscrewing problem.
 

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Yeh you are right got my hands mixed up clockwise unscrews.

You need something like a dowel to fit inside the tap and give it a hit and the tap comes apart turn the tap 90 degrees before applying force seems to come apart easier.
 

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You need something like a dowel to fit inside the tap and give it a hit and the tap comes apart turn the tap 90 degrees before applying force seems to come apart easier.
Now I know they come apart I will lube 'em up! Thanks! :D
 

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Now I know they come apart I will lube 'em up! Thanks! :D
Hi D!CKO

Good name by the way :D

When you pull them apart drop the two parts in some boiling water for a few minutes and then apply some lube to the inner part of the tap.
Reassemble the tap immediately after lubing and while it is still hot screw it into a pre cleaned and sanitsed fermenter and you will find it will screw in tightly and not turn when opening the tap.
DO NOT screw it in to a fermenter that is hot from sanitising with boiling water because if you do you may easily strip the thread. I clean and sanitise with starsan so the frementer body is cold when I refit the tap.

This has been my procedure for years wiyhout any problems with taps turning or leaking

Hope it helps

Cheers
 

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This has been my procedure for years wiyhout any problems with taps turning or leaking
Hi dicko :)

I have to say I didn't expect to learn so much about a fermenter tap!
Good tips from all.

Thanks again folks.

Cheers

The other D!CKO ;)
 

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I have a snap tap, and fill into kegs..

I love that the snap tap never undoes when opening ( I tried the hot turn tap and cold fermenter thing many times - didn't help me)

however my keg fill connector tube sometimes slides off of the snap tap... I used to be able to do other things when filling a keg but with the tapered spout of the snap tap I have to hover and watch it doesnt' pop off.

anyone got a simple snaptap to keg tube that is reliable?

I'm seeing me about go down the route of a ball valve off of the fermenter so I can use a push-fitting for JG tube...

ideas?
 

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I have a snap tap, and fill into kegs..

I love that the snap tap never undoes when opening ( I tried the hot turn tap and cold fermenter thing many times - didn't help me)

however my keg fill connector tube sometimes slides off of the snap tap... I used to be able to do other things when filling a keg but with the tapered spout of the snap tap I have to hover and watch it doesnt' pop off.

anyone got a simple snaptap to keg tube that is reliable?

I'm seeing me about go down the route of a ball valve off of the fermenter so I can use a push-fitting for JG tube...

ideas?
Hi pfs,

The lube is the important part, without it the tap will still be tight to turn once it cools.

The other thing that I have noticrd over many years of brewing is that the black taps don't respond to any fix.
Years ago all fermenters came with a black tap and imo they were crap.

If you go the ball valve route then all you need is a barb to push the hose on and a 90 deg bend if you think one is necessary.

Which ever way you go you will still need to pull the tap apart for cleaning, and yes I agree that the snap taps are good except for the tapered outlet which allows the hose to slip off = beer everywhere :angry:

Cheers
 

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