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Old 02-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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I am an extract mini mash brewer and am about to purchase my first upgrade kettle. 15gallon for sure. My question is sight or no sight glass? Since this is for a one pot operation for now I would like to be able to see my beginning and ending volume. I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches.

Associates at MoreBeer and Austin Home Brewing say no sight glass.



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Old 02-08-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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I used my pot for years without a sight glass. I'm all grain and I simply measured pre-boil volume with buckets. I measured final volume by how high the wort was on my immersion chiller. I've since moved to a larger system that uses a RIMS and a pump. No more buckets so I just purchased a sight glass kit form Bobby M. Beats using a knotched spoon. Bottom line you don't need one, but you may fine it will be handy in the future. Remember...you can always add one later.

http://www.brewhardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49:we ldless-sight-glass-kit&catid=36:weldess&Itemid=60



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They are handy.

Sight glass, thermometer and ball valve.

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They are handy.

Sight glass, thermometer and ball valve.
Thermometer?

On a Boil Kettle?

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Thermometer?

On a Boil Kettle?

It is also used for cooling. Yes.
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I say do it. What if you are trying to boil down to a specific volume/gravity? What if you are trying to reach a certain preboil volume? If you drain from the mashtun, you have no idea how much is coming out.

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:15 AM   #7
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I like a thermometer and sight glass on my BK, the thermometer for cooling with an immersion chiller and the sight glass for pre and post boil volumes. I built my own but by the time I sourced everything, it would have been cheaper to go with the link above. Mine is marked with electrical tape, again not as nice as above

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Ok what about boil in to the sight glass? I know a brewer that has the Blichmann 15 and his sight glass will bubble during the boil so he has to adjust down his temp.

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It is also used for cooling. Yes.
OK, I can see that. I have the thermometer mounted on my plate chiller.
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so the one above wony work on a normal keg then cause all kegs i get are with crrved out sides and it seems that wont work? i trying to get everythink thought over 10 times before i even start thinking of buying then i research a little more probably another 6 months before i get any equipment



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