1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue
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  1. #1
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    Default 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    I bought this: https://www.mannlakeltd.com/1-frac12...-plastic-valve
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    only to find it's too big for all of my honey gate openings I already have. Can anyone recommend a bottling tank that also just happens to fit this? I'm looking to upgrade to a 100-200lb tank. Pretty warm here so i don't need it to be jacketed. I'm looking at the ones from Mann Lake but not sure if this will fit and not sure about grinding out the hole to make it work. Stainless is out of my realm of experience.

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    Get the correct size hole saw and a 1x4 or a 1x6. Cut a hole in the 1x then use it as a template for over drilling your current holes. You won’t need a pilot bit this way.

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    Try to find a local electrician that has a knockout punch set to cut your hole. Maybe you can get it done for a bit of honey.
    I would not be scared of using an air powered die grinder and a fine bit myself, but I have experience cutting and sanding stainless kegs.
    Working to propagate my survivors and staying treatment free USDA Zone 7b

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    Thanks for the ideas! You know, it's not too much to grind out if I take my time. Tpope, Can you suggest a a specific grinder to use with a drill?

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    I would use a grinding stone mounted on a shaft for use in a drill.
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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    I would use a dremel if you don't have to grind much out. Easier to control. If you really want a new tank, call Mann Lake and ask what size fits this valve. J

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    Yeah, Dremel with a small carbide burr. Easy to do. I cut and trim large holes with a die grinder and 1/2" burr all the time
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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    A fine, half-round file will do it if you don't have too far to go.
    Bill

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    Default Re: 1 1/2 inch bottling valve diameter issue

    Quote Originally Posted by whiskers View Post
    A fine, half-round file will do it if you don't have too far to go.
    Bill
    That would be far the safest method!

    I have seen bad things happen when using hole saws and die grinders, even in the hands of experienced metal workers.
    Frank

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