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    Keg filling shut offs

    I've always seen the GW Kent ones - but $150 always seemed a bit much.

    Now i see these from Foxx - $15 seems great. Has anyone used them?

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    $15 is only the vent valve, assembles tube with ball, and beer nut barb fitting.
    Todd G Hicks
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    No I think it's just the vent. Thats the crazy part. Unless I'm missing something.


    The whole unit is 269

    https://www.gwkent.com/proline-ii-keg-filler.html

    Still, if someone has tried the Foxx one pipe in.

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    I don't understand why the Foxx one is needed, on the picture there's clearly already another shutoff on the vent side. Why wouldn't you just use that shutoff to control the flow rate?

    I use a similar setup as the foxx picture, but without the added vent. I run a tube from the vent side to a bucket of sanitizer so I can gauge the fill speed by the bubbling, plus when it's full it contains the foam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerJake View Post
    I don't understand why the Foxx one is needed, on the picture there's clearly already another shutoff on the vent side. Why wouldn't you just use that shutoff to control the flow rate?

    I use a similar setup as the foxx picture, but without the added vent. I run a tube from the vent side to a bucket of sanitizer so I can gauge the fill speed by the bubbling, plus when it's full it contains the foam.
    I was wondering about the ball itself...has anyone made one of these using the ball you take out of the sankey coupler? They don't float, but then neither does the ball in a rotameter--it's moved by friction. Other than that, it seems a pretty simple thing to make with spare fittings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerJake View Post
    I don't understand why the Foxx one is needed, on the picture there's clearly already another shutoff on the vent side. Why wouldn't you just use that shutoff to control the flow rate?

    I use a similar setup as the foxx picture, but without the added vent. I run a tube from the vent side to a bucket of sanitizer so I can gauge the fill speed by the bubbling, plus when it's full it contains the foam.
    Currently I use the same method. Hose to a bucket on vent side.

    I think the purpose of the foxx thingamajig is that it will automatically shut off so I don't have to stand over my filling kegs and manually shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EssingtonBrew View Post
    Currently I use the same method. Hose to a bucket on vent side.

    I think the purpose of the foxx thingamajig is that it will automatically shut off so I don't have to stand over my filling kegs and manually shut off.
    Also, the Foxx vent valve will control gas flow MUCH better than a quarter turn ball valve.

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    For $15 bucks id try it just for the hell of it. But wondering if the Foxx design is harder to clean than the kent one? Not sure but thats what my gut says by looking at them both.

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    Just purchased three of them from Foxx for my existing filling heads. Will report back when installed and used.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle.carbaugh View Post
    Just purchased three of them from Foxx for my existing filling heads. Will report back when installed and used.

    Cheers!
    Any thoughts on these Kyle?

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    I just bought a couple of these. I haven't had a chance to use them yet, first impressions are that as supplied they're made with Oetiker clamps so they'll need to be soaked clean. I'd rather than anything with barbs be easily fully disassembled for cleaning and drying. Obviously pretty easy to cut them off and replace with jubilee clamps, so just a minor niggle but for the price it really is minor. I'll update once I've had a chance to use them for actual keg filling

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    Any updates on the fox vent valves??


    Thanks

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    Sorry for the radio silence. Here’s the update:

    After less than six months, I’ve kicked these pieces of crap to the curb. The check balls would shoot to the end of the shutoff assembly with the slightest of pressure. They were incredibly hard to dial in for consistent fills. Finally just broke down and bought the GW Kent FOBs a week ago. Came in mid week and wished I’d have spent the $350 almost six years ago when I started the brewery.

    Moral of the story: there’s no substitute for the GW Kent FOBs that I’ve found. Spend the money, get the real thing and don’t spend time/money on crappy substitutes.


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