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Offline TheJake

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Bottling bucket spigot?
« on: February 16, 2016, 01:28:49 PM »
How often should you remove the bottling bucket spigot to clean it?

I have been removing it each time (which has been twice) and just broke it as I reinstalled it.

So, is it necessary to remove the spigot each time? Or do I just need to be more careful as I reinstall it?

Offline Maine Homebrewer

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2016, 02:18:04 PM »
I finally broke one last year after many years of taking it apart after every use.  Well over a hundred batches. Perhaps you forced it too much, or maybe you got a defective unit.
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Offline durrettd

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 06:15:16 PM »
I agree with Maine!

I've been brewing since about 1988 and I've broken one spigot. I broke it in a fit of, "Tighter is better, right?". Wrong!

Now I know that the nut needs to be just tight enough to make good contact between the outside of the spigot, the rubber washer, and the outside of the bucket.

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2016, 03:56:24 PM »
 I was under the "tighter is better" assumption. Thanks for the insight!!

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Re: Bottling bucket spigot?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2016, 05:47:27 PM »
Just out of curiosity, what kind was it and what part of it broke? Mine was one of the common blue ones, and the handle snapped right off.
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