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Old 02-10-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Has anyone added a sight tube to a boil kettle preferrably an aluminum 10 gallon kettle.

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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?
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:57 AM   #4
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Thanks again hammy for the help

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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. 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.

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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.

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

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