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Old 01-26-2007, 03:24 AM   #1
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I'm trying to avoid adding an extra hole in my converted keg kettle for a sight guage. Instead of having a tube indicating the level of wort, I'm wondering if you could just use a pressure guage?
This would entail adding the guage to the outlet and then adding water to the kettle in small increments to calibrate the guage.
I don't think a full kettle would add that much pressure so the guage would have to be "touchy" for small amounts. Maybe 10-20psi or something like that? What do you think?

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Old 01-26-2007, 03:41 AM   #2
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The pressure exerted by a column of water one foot high is .433 psi. Said another way, one psi equals 2.31 feet of water. You would need a very sensitive and expensive gauge that reads in inches of water column. Not very practical. IMHO.

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Old 01-26-2007, 04:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
How expensive are we talking here? I tried to run a search but couldn't come up with anything besides a 0-15psig, which wouldn't be accurate enough. Sounds like this won't work though....at least not in my budget.

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A gauge with a range of 0-30 in/WC (inches/water column) would be between $185-$200 or so. Like I said, not too practical.

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Instead of going thru all that trouble to tell the level of your wort why not mark your spoon or paddle that you use when brewing. That what I did and it works great.

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Old 01-26-2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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You'd also have to take into account the gravity of the wort, since it's slightly heavier than water and will change with each batch.

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The SG of the wort changes during the boil and also from beer to beer. Furthermore, the turbulence and all the bubbles would make it hard to get a good reading.

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I'm trying to avoid adding an extra hole in my converted keg kettle for a sight guage.
Just add a tee fitting between the existing kettle spigot and your shut off valve. Plug a clear piece of tubing into the leg of the tee to act as the sight gauge. No extra hole in the keg needed.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:17 PM   #9
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If you want to do inches of water pressure gauges instead of sight gauges that are not that expensive try Dwyer instruments, here is a couple of links to gauges

http:///www.dwyer-inst.com/htdocs/pressure/Series61000Price.cfm
http://www.dwyer-inst.com/htdocs/pressure/SeriesSGXPrice.cfm
http://www.dwyer-inst.com/htdocs/pressure/SeriesSGFPrice.cfm

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Old 01-26-2007, 07:06 PM   #10
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Innovative Homebrew Solutions sells an add-on sightglass kit. You can buy a SS tee and avoid having to put another hole in your keg.

Check it out here: http://www.ihomebrewsolutions.com/IHSSightTubeFAQ2.html

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