Hardware Glossary

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Term Definition
Beer Shank Connects your beverage line to your dispensing tower or faucet
CIP Clean In Place
Ferrule A ring or cap, typically a metal one, that strengthens the end of a handle
Finial Decorative top piece
FPT Female Pipe Threads (internal)
Growler A container for storing or transporting your homebrew
HERMS Heat Exchanged Recirculating Mash Systems
ID Inside Diameter
OD Outside Diameter
MNPT Male National Pipe Thread or Male Nominal Pipe Thread (irrigation)
MPT Male Pipe Threads (external)
NPT National Pipe Taper (standard for tapered threads)
PSI Pounds per Square Inch(pressure)
RIMS Recirculating Infusion Mash System
TPI Threads Per Inch
Trub Layer of sediment left after fermentation
UNC Unified Coarse
UNF Unified Fine