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Old 05-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #21
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yeah, a couple inches above the false bottom would probably be good. I just didn't want to go that low because I would have had to remove the well every time I brewed (to remove false bottom and clean the tun after finishing.)

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With a braided hose for lautering the thermowell could really low, couldn't it? Like maybe right above the port. I already have to be careful there anyway when stirring. Nice write up. I am going to make one.

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Old 05-10-2010, 10:08 PM   #23
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Yes, you could put it very low if you have a braid. I think you would probably want to try and hit the middle of your grain bed for the reading, but I am not certain if that really matters or not.

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Yes, I think the middle of the grain would be good. I have a 5 gallon MLT and I brew 2.5-3 gallon batches. I need to make it pretty low for 5-6 lbs of grain. When I begin making bigger beers it should be fine in the bottom two-thirds of the grain.

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Old 05-11-2010, 12:39 AM   #25
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You might consider soldering the end closed just to be safe.
I agree. That is how i did mine. Heat it up and drop a bit of solder down into the tube. Then seal the outside a bit too. Grind it down nice and shiny.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:35 AM   #26
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By all means, solder it if you want. But for those that don't have a torch or are afraid to try soldering(*), just crimp it. It works fine.


(*) Don't be afraid of soldering... it's easy and is a skill that will come in handy more than once.

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I'm raising this thread from the way back zone...

Big thanks to Walker for the write-up and pics. I crimped the end of my tube and it works just fine, and no leaking into the wall (or through it for that matter). Not only is it very effective, but inexpensive for a CAPP like me.

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Old 03-24-2011, 03:26 PM   #28
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OP what do you think about making the well a little shorter to avoid knocking it around while stirring, I have the same digital therm as you had in your picture above the yellow one.

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You can definitely make it a lot shorter if you have the same probe as me, and it would be less of an obstacle for stirring (as well as for getting a false bottom in and out).

I only made mine that long as a "future proof" thing, just in case I ended up with a different, longer probe at some point.

I debated unscrewing my chamber and pulling the copper out, cutting it shorter and then putting it back in several times, but I have since upgraded to a stainless MLT and don't use this one anymore except for when I brew at a friend's house or something.

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ok any idea of what the length of well you would recommend knowing how long my digital therm is?

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