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Old 08-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Marking your brewpot for volume! How do you do it?

So I have a 40qt SS pot and I have used it once for AG. I want to be able to know what my boil volume is and short of using a graduated stick, how can I go about marking my pot for easily veiwing my quantity? Does anyone use smaller collection pots to measure their volume prior to adding it to the brew pot? Just looking for the most efficient method.

Appreciate all comments and advice.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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Used the stick method until I got a keggle and then installed a sight glass with some sharpie markings on it. A sight glass from bargain fittings or Bobby_M is not very expensive to put on your pot. I have also notched markings into a plastic stir spoon as well.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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first placed the pot on a level surface. i measured a gallon of water at a time, by weight, for the best accuracy. pour into the pot. mark the level with a sharpie. the sharpie marks stay intact for a surprisingly long time. every other use or two, i just remark before it wears off.
i intend to carefully measure the distance from the top, transfer measurement to the outside, then use a punch and hammer (with a block of wood on the inside) to put a permanent dimple there.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:27 PM   #4
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I used a one gallon jug to fill my old pot. At each gallon just put a mark with a Sharpie on the out side and label them. Worked like a champ.

I am currently using a Blichmann that has a built in sight glass, which made life easier this time.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
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I just cut lines into my plastic stir spoon with a sharp knife.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:31 PM   #6
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I use this guy.
Bargain Fittings


Easy to install. added marks with a perminate marker every half galon
I used black for full galon, and red for half marks.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:32 PM   #7
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I use a measuring stick. I feel like it's a moot point anyway because the time that I most want to accurately measure the volume is right before I transfer to the fermenter, and the chiller is always in there screwing up the measurement then.

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:39 PM   #8
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I use a measuring stick. I feel like it's a moot point anyway because the time that I most want to accurately measure the volume is right before I transfer to the fermenter, and the chiller is always in there screwing up the measurement then.
Cut lines into a plastic spoon (or similar) for each gallon while the chiller is in there.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:57 AM   #9
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+1 for the measuring stick.
I found an 1/4" x 3 ft AL rod at the homedepot for a few bucks. Added a gallon at a time to the kettle and used a cheap triangular file to etch a notch into the stick. - easy to read and will never wear out. It makes it very easy to guestimate less than gallon amounts. You worry-worts can find some SS if you feel the need.
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:32 AM   #10
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I just made this last week while mashing. It just came to me...


2 quart measurements...surprise, it's a 6.5 gallon pot and not a 7 like I thought!

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