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Old 03-25-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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For not filling my keggle with water first to check where to place the temp gauge. Hindsight truly is 20/20.

Story behind my keg I was converting for a boil kettle: Last night I decided to sit down, drill my keg and start installing the spigot, sight tube and thermometer. I get the thermo and spigot installed and they looked all nice and purty lined up vertically. Went to install the sight glass but realized i needed a cap. Quick trip to Lowe's with a buddy and returned to work. We got to thinking and decided to fill the keg with some water to see where about the temp gauge was situated.

Turns out I installed the f-ing thing to high I wanted to use the keg for both 5 and 10 gal boils, but with 6.5gals of water in the keg, the thermo was barely under the water level. Question about this though.. i know that when water heats up to boiling, it will expand. How much will it expand? Also, how much would adding DME/LME increase the water level?

I'm just curious because I think it may still work out, but I wanted to make sure the temp gauge was in a good position incase I decided to steep grains in the keggle.

Think this will still work out for a boil kettle once the water is warmed up and extract is added?

I also have 2 other kegs, but this one was the best looking one. I was thinking of just turning this one into a HLT or MLT, but I'm not sure where the grain level would be for a MLT, and with a HLT I would need to add atleast 6.5gal to even start getting a good temp reading.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

On a positive note, nothing leaked once filled up and got to finish my night off with a wonderful 08 Stone RIS.

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Old 03-25-2008, 05:19 PM   #2
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I made the same mistake. First keg:



Following three:

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Old 03-25-2008, 05:35 PM   #3
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Yup, you're following three will be how I do my others.

I was worried about the temp gauge getting to hot if it was near the bottom so I placed it on top of the spigot. Ooops!!

Any idea what I should do with this one?

Glad to see I'm not the only one, although it's still a bit frusterating. Your temp gauge housing is almost exactly where I put mine..lol

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Bobby, you're a madman. 4!? Wanna sell me one, you bastard!?

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Not sure why you want a thermo in your boil kettle, anyway? (I know you said "in case" you steep grains, but is that something you do often with full-boil batches?)

I had one in my kettle, and was never using it. Replaced it with a SS plug.

Oh, and BTW mine was also in a similar location The place I got it said that was the "standard" location, and I didn't know any better to tell them I wanted it somewhere non-standard...

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Not sure why you want a thermo in your boil kettle, anyway? ...
I was wondering this myself.

I can see the need for one if you cooled the wort in the kettle or recirculated or something. Is there another use?

I'm just curious, thanks.
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Not sure why you want a thermo in your boil kettle, anyway? (I know you said "in case" you steep grains, but is that something you do often with full-boil batches?)

I had one in my kettle, and was never using it. Replaced it with a SS plug.

Oh, and BTW mine was also in a similar location The place I got it said that was the "standard" location, and I didn't know any better to tell them I wanted it somewhere non-standard...

Steeping grain is probably something I won't be doing often since I'm moving to PM and eventually AG, but the idea of having it there just incase seemed like a good idea.

Where did you get the SS plug? Maybe I'll just plug it up and relocate the hole to a lower location. At this point I'm leaning towards just plugging it, or using it as a MLT, but I'm not sure what the average grain bill + water would put the level at inside the keg.
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I was wondering this myself.

I can see the need for one if you cooled the wort in the kettle or recirculated or something. Is there another use?

I'm just curious, thanks.
The wort will be cooled in the kettle.
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The wort will be cooled in the kettle.
Makes perfect sense, then. Thanks!

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No problem. I shoulda mentioned that when I first posted it to avoid confusion.

Wish I could figure out something I could do to utilize the drilled hole. I don't mind plugging it, but I wanted it to be clean looking and the plug wouldn't help that.

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