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Old 09-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #141
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Sorry to revive an old thread but what diameter (ID and OD) O-ring would I get? I tried home depot but they had nothing useful in stock so I'll have to order it online. Anyone have a link that could guide me in the right direction?

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:59 AM   #142
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:40 AM   #143
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>>Sorry to revive an old thread but what diameter (ID and OD) O-ring would I get? I tried home depot but they had nothing useful in stock so I'll have to order it online. Anyone have a link that could guide me in the right direction?

This is what you want:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051


2 tips

#1 - heavily coat the probe, and begin inserting it, and the lube accumulates along the sides of the tube. Pull the probe out, push the extra lube into the tube, and reinsert the probe. Insert it around a foot, then squish it back out (dont pull) and repeat with adding more keg lube.
It took me about 5 minutes to get the probe through to the end.

#2 - the only thing I found hard was getting the outside O ring (the clamp) over the tube. What I ended up doing was fitting the O Ring around a thin pliers, then opening the pliers, expanding the O ring. Then I was able to get the tube through the O Ring.

Once you get the equipment
(thermometer, keg lube, O Rings, tubing), its a half hour project.
If I were to do it again, I think I'd be done in 15 minutes.


I used 3 feet of tubing, so it doesnt come all the way up to the thermometer, which is fine.

I didnt put the tubing past the bend.

Bobby - is there a reason to have the tubing passed the bend?

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #144
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No reason to go past the bend. I don't know what I was thinking. Maybe I thought it was a little extra insurance or something.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #145
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New here, first post - been lurking and learning for a few weeks. Haven't had anything to post as I am overwhelmed by the knowledge base.

I did my first all grain BIAB a couple weeks ago and got my remote probe wet enough that the temps were bouncing all over. Just getting back into brewing after a dozen years of letting my equipment sit in the celler (life gets in the way of hobbies some times).

Anyway, I probably blew my mash temps. My floating thermometer as it turns out was also kerplewey with separated mercury. I dried out the probe in the oven and it seems to be within three degrees at boiling temps.

Just picked up some tygon fuel line 1/8 id 1/4 od. I tried sliding it on with some baking grease, and that just made a mess. What worked really well was heating up the tubing in hot tap water. It slid on even past the crimp really easy. If you are having trouble give that a try, hope this helps someone.

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #146
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Has anyone tried just putting a couple of zip ties around the silicone tubing to "seal" it around the probe? I have no intent of using this in the oven, just for mashing, so I'm not worried about melting silicone or plastic.

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Old 02-23-2013, 06:07 AM   #147
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I used a bic ballpoint pen and started from the ballpoint side and rolled 4 #60 o-rings until they were in the middle of the pen, then took the cap and and ink tube out, leaving only the outside tube. I then slid the silicone tubing into the pen tubing and rolled the o-rings off onto the silicone tubing. Now getting the o-ring on the inside part was a bitch lol. I'll see if it works tomorrow as I am doing my first BIAB. I thought of using the Zip ties but chose not to, did that go ok?

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #148
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I used a bic ballpoint pen and started from the ballpoint side and rolled 4 #60 o-rings until they were in the middle of the pen, then took the cap and and ink tube out, leaving only the outside tube. I then slid the silicone tubing into the pen tubing and rolled the o-rings off onto the silicone tubing. Now getting the o-ring on the inside part was a bitch lol. I'll see if it works tomorrow as I am doing my first BIAB. I thought of using the Zip ties but chose not to, did that go ok?
I just finally got the tubing, new thermometer (to replace the one I ruined), and zip ties to put this all together. I haven't tried it yet but it seems like it should definitely help "dunk proof" my thermometer. I still plan to be pretty careful and not completely submerge the probe on purpose, but this should buy me some protection if I slosh the mash tun around a bit. I should hopefully be able to test it this weekend or next.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:53 PM   #149
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I ordered the same digital thermometer and got my tubing through mcmaster carr just to make sure it was food safe and higher temp rating of around 400 degree.

I wasn't sure how accurate the thermometer would be. So I calibrated it ice bath and the boil method. I was very please to see both were right on the money. So I am very happy and very ready to make better beer now that I can know the temp I am shooting for is accurate.

I installed the tubeing using a o-ring under and over. Had to use a couple a one end prong of a couple of forks to stretch the o-ring over and to stretch the tubing over the first o-ring. Works perfect though. Then on the other end of the temp probe I put a tight zip tie just to seal the other end incase the entire cord falls into the water.

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Old 11-13-2013, 03:02 AM   #150
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Paul,

Can you list the part# from McMaster Carr and any other parts you used?

I am looking to copy your same setup.

Thanks!

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