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True Weldless Bulkhead - With Large BARB
True Weldless Bulkhead - With Large BARB

Our Price: $15.00

Quantity in Stock:218


Bulkhead Hole Size*:

A weldless bulkhead is used to provide a liquid-tight port into your brewing vessels. This is an alternative to having a coupling or spud welded or soldered in.

Our new line of "True Bulkheads" were completely redesigned from scratch. The entire homebrew industry is flooded with makeshift bulkhead designs that are only a small step up from the DIY parts you'd find at a hardware store. While we were confident in the performance of our previous bulkheads made from off the shelf parts, the new True Bulkheads solve several shortcomings and look sharp in the process.

All varieties of True Bulkheads:
  1. Use a huge hex size with a machined O-Ring containment groove (gland). When used with an oring, you can tighten the bulkhead with gorilla strength for stability and the gasket will not budge or get damaged.
  2. Are machined from a single piece of hex bar stock for less places for crud to hide.
  3. Rely on an exterior locknut to make the gasket squeeze. No more trial and error with various shim washer thicknesses and playing teflon tape Olympics.
  4. Accommodate vessel wall thicknesses up to 3/8" or 8mm thick while still leaving enough male thread for a ball valve or any other female threaded fitting.
  5. 1/2" NPT threads on the outside of the kettle.
The theme here is that these bulkheads are in a different league and we think the pricing is unbelievably reasonable for what you get.

For this model; TrueBulkheadBarb, the interior of the vessel sees a large bore 5/8" hose barb allowing you to attach 1/2" ID silicone tubing.

We use this fitting in our cooler mash tun conversion kits but it can be used anywhere that you need a bulkhead with a simple hose attachment.

NOTE: If you are installing this into an existing hole that is larger than 13/16", such as 7/8" or more like in Rubbermaid Coolers, please select the option for the 7/8" hole in the option dropdown. The standard solution DOES fit Igloo Cylindrical coolers just fine.

Hole Side Options: If your hole is closer to 13/16" the standard oring seals great. If your hole is a bit over-sized, right around 7/8", we can include an additional thin oring that will keep the fitting centered in the hole while you tighten it up. If you have no way of accurately measuring your hole, the threads of a 1/2" male NPT fitting will be snug in a 13/16" hole and wiggle side to side a bit in a 7/8" hole. When in doubt, select 7/8". You can remove the extra oring and try it but you'll have it in case you need it.

Install Notes:
  • Drill a clean 13/16" diameter hole in your pot taking care to avoid any wall contours that may prevent the interior hex from sitting flat on the inside wall of the vessel. It is also important to remove any sharp edges or "burrs" from the inside edge of the hole, otherwise the oring can get torn. Insert the threaded portion of the unit through the hole from the inside of your pot or keg with only the oring in place. On the outside, install the metal washer and locknut and snug everything up with a pair of wrenches. Hint, it's best to hold the interior hex so that one of its points is facing up. It's better to hold the interior fitting still and tighten the exterior nut to protect the gasket/oring.
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5 of 5 An OG in the bulkhead game. October 24, 2020
Reviewer: Matt P from Wilmington, DE United States  
Purchased many of these over my decade plus of brewing. All others pale in comparison.

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4 of 5 Purchased for 10 gal Homedepot cooler. July 19, 2020
Reviewer: Gregory Stephens from Savannah , GA United States  
The Home Depot cooler comes with a 1 inch opening so the Weldless fitting is a bit loose but seals well with my own washers that I had from standard bulkhead fittings. The Weldless comes with one small washer that is probably only useful if you are putting this thing into a kettle and would use their thin, loose fitting washer on the outside. Anyway, in the mash cooler I used large, thick, tighter fitting washers on the inside and outside and this Weldless fitting works great. Without the upgraded washers, the whole thing will just pull through from the inside as it’s too small at 13/16. So with the upgraded washers this thing works great! I would send photos of the install if brew hardware has a way....

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5 of 5 Works perfectly May 16, 2020
Reviewer: Philip from Monroe, VA United States  
What can I say but NO LEAKS!

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4 of 5 Converting round cooler January 15, 2019
Reviewer: Brian from OH United States  
I purchased to upgrade/convert two round igloo cooler (5 & 10 gallons).  It works well, but just.  I had to use about 7 wraps of Teflon tape in order for the valve to tighten leak free and the handle touches the cooler(s) when the valve is closed.  I feel the threaded portion could be 1/4-1/2 inch to permit some room for handle access and better thread engagement.  Despite these drawbacks, this is an elegant and simple solution.

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5 of 5 Good upgrade August 14, 2018
Reviewer: Robert Ruegg from Louisville, KY United States  
This looks like a good upgrade to my mashtun falsebottom connection.

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