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Old 05-20-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Anyone out there make their own measuring stick for their brew kettle? CPVC, Wood??

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Old 05-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Tried that for my first kettle... Sucked big time. I now use sight glasses/tubes in kettles/keggles... MUCH better.

BTW, the sight tube I have in my keggle is my own design/manufacture. I sold my first keggle with one in it, so I made another for my new keggle.

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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Many, many threads on this, some people make a designated measuring stick out of wood or stainless, others just simply put some marks on their brew spoon, or mash paddle. I simply have one mark on my brew spoon that corresponds to finished batch size. My pot is 15 gal and also 15 " high so it is about as simple as can be to judge the amount of runnings collected. I've always had the fear of breaking a sight glass w/ a pot full of wort without a Dutch boy on site...YMMV

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Harbor freight has a metal yard stick for 2 dollars. That's what I use.

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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I use a 68 cent wood Yard stick from home depot for my boil kettle. Works like a charm

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I have a quick question about doing this. Typically I'm assuming you use the measuring stick to look at boiling wort but won't there be quite a bit of contraction when the wort cools.

To put this another way, the volume of boiling wort should be around 5% greater than at room temperature. So if you want 5 gallons of cooled wort then you want around 5.25 gallons of boiling wort. Does anybody correct for this when using this measuring method?

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I have a quick question about doing this. Typically I'm assuming you use the measuring stick to look at boiling wort but won't there be quite a bit of contraction when the wort cools.

To put this another way, the volume of boiling wort should be around 5% greater than at room temperature. So if you want 5 gallons of cooled wort then you want around 5.25 gallons of boiling wort. Does anybody correct for this when using this measuring method?
Yes I do account for that. I have a calculator that tells me how many mm's I need depending on temperatures.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:23 AM   #8
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I bought a 36inch aluminum yard stick from Home Depot today. It was $3.00. I just flipped it over and marked lines with a permenant marker. Works great! I used it today to measure boil off.

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I just put some notches in my spoon. Works great for me.

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I have a tall plastic mash paddle- I just cut slots at 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, and then a big line at "12". I etched the full gallon lines with the numbers. It's fairly crude, but it works!

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