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grat5454 09-29-2008 02:00 AM

Monitoring a keg's contents
 
I was wondering if anyone had rigged up a way to keep track of how much beer a keg in a kegerator has in it. I'm envisioning something along the lines of a gas gauge for a car, only on my kegerator. Anyone know of a way to do this? Or have any thoughts on a starting point?

Brew-Happy 09-29-2008 02:05 AM

you could weigh the keg empty on your bathroom scale and weigh it during your drinking. Also, weigh a single or set number of glasses of beer. Then knowing the weight per glass of beer, divide the weight of the keg plus beer minus the empty keg weight by the weight per glass of beer. then you will know how many glasses are left.

(keg+beer)-kegempty
--------------------- = #of glasses
weight per glass(es)

kinda geeky but my first thought. :p

second thought: take keg out of fridge watch for condensation to build if your humidity is high enough. the condensation should stop at the line where the beer is highest.

DrinksWellWithOthers 09-29-2008 03:59 AM

How about something like this?

SmartStrip liquid level indicator - $7.95
MoreBeer | SmartStrip liquid level indicator

Brew-Happy 09-29-2008 04:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrinksWellWithOthers (Post 872221)
How about something like this?

SmartStrip liquid level indicator - $7.95
MoreBeer | SmartStrip liquid level indicator

pffft! That would be the easy way!:D


Third thought: Just weight the full keg then weigh it periodically.

Divide the current weight by the full weight. Gives you a decimal indication of how much is left.

Example: .50=50% left.

Gabe 09-29-2008 05:21 AM

All I do is leave my door open....condensation!

Baldy_Beer_Brewery 09-29-2008 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrinksWellWithOthers (Post 872221)
How about something like this?

SmartStrip liquid level indicator - $7.95
MoreBeer | SmartStrip liquid level indicator

IMHO, those things are as useful as poop flavored hops.

I used to have one when I had commercial half barrels in my kegerator. I found it easier to just learn to gauge what was left by lifting the keg.

foppa78 09-29-2008 04:42 PM

Pull the corny keg out and let it set at room temperature for a minute or two and the condensation line will show you your liquid level.


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