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dpalme 02-10-2013 05:38 PM

adding a sight glass / tube to a boil kettle
 
Has anyone added a sight tube to a boil kettle preferrably an aluminum 10 gallon kettle.

ColoHox 02-10-2013 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by dpalme (Post 4887861)
Has anyone added a sight tube to a boil kettle preferrably an aluminum 10 gallon kettle.

About 45,274 of us. Is that all you wanted to know?

Hammy71 02-10-2013 06:11 PM

http://www.brewhardware.com/wlsightglass

dpalme 02-11-2013 12:57 AM

Thanks again hammy for the help

ColoHox 02-11-2013 01:57 AM

Sorry just being cheeky. I have done a dozen of these. My biggest suggestion would be to use cutting oil and a good step-bit.

SpikeBrewing 02-11-2013 02:00 AM

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Originally Posted by ColoHox (Post 4889387)
Sorry just being cheeky. I have done a dozen of these. My biggest suggestion would be to use cutting oil and a good step-bit.

Through aluminum? I wouldn't invest more than $5 bucks on the cheapest step bit out there.

ColoHox 02-11-2013 04:03 AM

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Originally Posted by SpikeBrewing (Post 4889401)

Through aluminum? I wouldn't invest more than $5 bucks on the cheapest step bit out there.

Sure. I prefer to use good tools and I use them on more things than just constructing brewing equipment. I have had plenty of cheap harbor freight step bits make it through 2 holes and turn into junk. My last nice bit did 9 holes in stainless then 3 in aluminum. Not saying anyone has to do anything, just describing what I do.

Barnesie 02-11-2013 02:07 PM

I would second the "not worrying too much about the bit" thing. I used a cordless drill that constantly died, the cheapest step bit I could find and zero cutting oil and had no problems drilling several kegs.

Add to this the fact that I'm a moron and spent about 10 minutes drilling through one keggle with the drill running in reverse. Yes, in reverse. :drunk: It still managed to cut through a keggle.

If you spend more on a quality step bit and use oil, the bit will last you longer but my experience says that you can still get through a whole set of keggles with something in the $10 range.

SpikeBrewing 02-11-2013 05:41 PM

I would recommend buying quality when drilling through stainless steel. It's a completely different animal than aluminum. You can drill through aluminum with a dull spoon.

dpalme 02-12-2013 11:19 PM

Thanks everyone I appreciate the feedback, and Mr. Cheeky - its cool :)


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