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Old 05-13-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Float ball for sight glass

I'm thinking it would be useful to have a little red float ball in my sight glass to amke it easier to see the water level (like the one I have in my coffee maker). Anyone have any good ideas as to what to use for said ball? (not involving sacrifice of my coffee maker, that is).

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Old 05-13-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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get one of those hightemp red orings and just cut a 1/8" piece off. That should float.

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Old 05-13-2010, 05:14 PM   #3
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get one of those hightemp red orings and just cut a 1/8" piece off. That should float.
Nice idea. I'll try it when I get home.
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Wouldn't this then involve having to chase the 'float' as it ends up drained into the kettle?

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Old 05-13-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
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The silicone o-rings do not float.

Maybe actually use a coffee maker float from goodwill.

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:01 PM   #6
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Wouldn't this then involve having to chase the 'float' as it ends up drained into the kettle?
Hmmm ... hadn'ta thought of that. Need one big enough for the tube (3/8 OD) but too small for the nipple.
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Or, maybe there's something that would work at a fishing tackle store?

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Or, maybe there's something that would work at a fishing tackle store?
How about one of those preformed PowerBait pellets/eggs!?! They float and I am certain they would add "that little extra" you've been looking for in your beer!
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How about breaking apart a childrens rattle and using one of those little balls? It's prbably not dissimilar to what is found in coffee maker float. Might be super cheap (free) if you have a kid in the house. And to prevent it from falling into the wort, you use a fine mesh screen between the polycarbonate tube and elbow.

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How about one of those preformed PowerBait pellets/eggs!?! They float and I am certain they would add "that little extra" you've been looking for in your beer!
Too bad a sabertail burley bug won't fit in the tube.
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