There are different styles of ball valves, and in this section of our website, we feature brass and stainless steel ball valves that allow you to control the flow of liquids from your brew kettle or fermenter. The most popular type for homebrewing is the fully welded ball valve, which provides a smooth finish on the brew pot.
A ball valve works basically as a faucet in a home brewing system. Seasoned home brewers often rely on stainless steel ball valves to make the process of transferring liquid from one vessel to another much quicker and more sanitary.
While the primary function of the ball valve is to ensure a steady flow of liquid without the risk of leaking, it also serves other purposes. One of the underrated features of a ball valve is that it provides adequate drainage on the brew pot without causing too much agitation so that the liquid drains without bringing in too much debris.
Depending on where and how you plan to use the ball valve, you can choose between 1, 2 or 3 piece ball valves, Tri-Clover, pull or squeeze trigger valves, or if space is limited, even mini stainless steel ball valves. Many of these ball valves are PSI and WOG rated.