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Old 02-04-2009, 03:06 AM   #1
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I already have a hole and a stopper thermometer going through the wall of my HLT. It isnt needed since I have my A419 controller on that vessel now. SO, I am going to get some polycarbonate tubing and create an "L" that will go through a standard drilled stopper, seal tightly and tada, a perfectly and simple sealing HLT sight gauge! My thought is heating it gently to the point where I can bend it, find a small(er) radius form and bend the 90 deg. angle.

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Old 02-04-2009, 03:16 AM   #2
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Sounds good to me. Eyebolt on top to stabilize it?

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Sounds good to me. Eyebolt on top to stabilize it?
Sure sure... I think it will be a great addition since I have the stopper and hole already there. It will also be SWEET for measuring out my step mashing quantities when I step mash and pump over from the HLT to the MLT!
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could you use a plastic racking cane for this? It's already got the bend and would seal fairly tight in the typical stopper.

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I dunno if it can handle the heat.... actually from past experience I dont think it will

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How about some velcro at the top to secure it instead of an eye bolt?

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That is so '80s!

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Would you like to try some teflon tubing, have some in 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" OD that can be heated and bent for a sight glass. The tubing is rated to 400+ degrees but is not as transparent as polycarbonate, there is an example piece on the mixer for the phase2 system.

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You using the silicone stoppers from McMaster? Just curious since I am going to work on my new HLT soon...

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If racking canes are 1/16" wall acrylic, I'm pretty sure the high temp limit is 160F. If you go to polycarb, depending on who you talk to it is rated to at LEAST 200F though I've seen some rated as high as 250F. It's not that they'll burst into flames or disintegrate at those temps but they'll get soft and perhaps hazy.

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