I am shopping for a brew kettle so I can upgrade to full volume boils. Many pots have ball valves.
I can think of two reasons to use a ball valve
- Drain through it to avoid picking up the kettle to pour wort into the fermentor
- Transfer wort through a counterflow chiller
I don't plan on doing either of these things any time soon, so it seems like I'm better off avoiding the extra complexity and possible leaks.
Should I reconsider and get a ball valve on my kettle?