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Old 05-01-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi, hopefully a simple question and I think I know the answer, but looking for reassurance.
I have a 10-gal stainless steel brew kettle. Nothing fancy -- no valve or thermometer or measuring marks. When it comes to the latter, is it OK for me to take a Sharpie and mark off gallon increments so I know the levels of wort I'm working with?
Is there something better or preferred over a Sharpie? Will this produce any off flavors or ill effects on beer?

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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I would personally prefer to use something to etch lines into the metal. More permanent than sharpie and less chemicals

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Rather than marking your kettle, mark your spoon. These are my markings for my 5 gallon extract pot. I added the amount of measured water to the pot then stood the spoon up in the pot along a wall at the pot handle (to get the same measurement every time). I then took a file and marked the spoon.

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Rather than marking your kettle, mark your spoon. These are my markings for my 5 gallon extract pot. I added the amount of measured water to the pot then stood the spoon up in the pot along a wall at the pot handle (to get the same measurement every time). I then took a file and marked the spoon.
That's flat out brilliant. I saw people using measuring sticks but never got around to making something that would inevitably get lost. I love the fact the spoon does double duty.
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I have a metal yardstick. My kettles have a 1.5 inch increment per gallon. If I need 7 gallons of wort then quick math tells me that will be 10.5 inches on the yard stick.

I tried years ago using sharpie to mark a plastic long-handled brewing spoon. The wort took most off in the first batch. By about the fourth batch you couldn't read the marks. When it comes to acidic wort, grain and dissolved sugars and acids, permanent markers are not very permanent.

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I've been wondering the same thing, and would prefer to avoid dipping something in my kettle, more out of convenience than sanitation.

I would think it okay to mark the inside using some sort of large punch to dimple the kettle wall such that one could still reliably clean it.

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+1 to the metal yardstick

30qt kettle is 15 inches tall, so 2 quarts per inch

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I took my plastic (food grade) spoon and used a small pipe cutter to mark my gallon and half gallon measurements. I then colored the marks with a sharpie, red for half and black for full gallons. I used fine sandpaper, steel wool to remove the excess. Works great, looks good and was cheap too...

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I mark my plastic mash paddle with a sharpie. I have to redo it every 5th or 6th batch or so. Can't be that bad for us with that small level of exposure. Then again, my wife's left arm did just fall off rather unexpectedly.

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I mark my plastic mash paddle with a sharpie. I have to redo it every 5th or 6th batch or so. Can't be that bad for us with that small level of exposure. Then again, my wife's left arm did just fall off rather unexpectedly.
sharpie ink + aluminum kettle + plastic mash paddle= spontaneously disjointed limbs
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