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I took the tap off one of my fermenters to give it a good clean after tranferring a batch to secondary. Good job I did as I don't think it would have made another brew. I would have had 23ltrs of wort all over the garage floor, or worse, maybe down the hall carpet. The wife would definitely not have been amused.
Good onya for catching that mate!
I cracked one of these with a full batch once. Fortunately it was a hairline crack and gave me a chance to bottle since it was a very slow trickle out. I have heard nightmare stories of others though!
I had a similar crack happen to me on my first all grain batch. I noticed a small leak so tightened it a bit more to try and stop the leak, as I didn't want to risk leaving it for hours without knowing how bad the leak would be. One crack later and a desperate rush to empty it into the various (clean but not recently sterilized) demijohns and a carboy nearby.
Beer turned out well though
Been there done it Twice!! This time on my last brew it was leaking out of the front of the valve face!! Luckly I had a few kegs lying around that I could ferment in!! I have sent an email to Farra to to get stainless, shit it will be as flash a work if I get one!!
Might be worth looking at a Stainless valve and nipple as a replacement from a reasonable engineering wholesaler. Won't cost too much more than the plastic in the pic.... and if you upgrade to a stainless fermenter it's one less item to buy.
Good thought Sparky, I might give Anzor a ring tomorrow.