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Old 08-05-2014, 10:26 PM   #471
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Has anyone done this to a keggle yet?


Up to it! Down to it!

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:08 PM   #472
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It's cheaper and easier than adding a sight glass!
I'll give you cheaper, by a landslide. Easier? not a chance. You still have to manually calibrate your levels if you care about accuracy and in both cases that's the most time consuming part. The sight glass takes about 5 minutes to physically install.

I like the idea of etched or punched marks on a pot and it works great in most situations. However, if you build a tiered system for gravity flow, interior marks on your lifted vessels is useless. The other issue is in boil kettles when it's relatively cold outside. The plume of steam that comes from my boil kettle wouldn't let me see the marks anyway.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:13 PM   #473
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Hey bobby if you can do it cheaper then I did it I'll take three sight glasses of yours. But i don't think you will match the price I did mine for lol it was free. But if you want I hand some out I'll gladly take some with no argument with the weld in fittings set up, Lol

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Old 08-12-2014, 08:54 AM   #474
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Great thread and thanks to the OP. I did a "test run" on a small, 4 gallon Walmart pot that I had. I figured it was best to try it out on it first before trying on a bigger kettle.

Like others here, I used a wall wart instead of a 9 volt which worked well. Originally I used a 6v charger used for charging a LED flashlight. After the initial ticks though, I switched to an old netbook charger that pushes 19v and really sizzled. It did a good job faster than the 6v.

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I then marked off the Gallon marks and used masking tape to make the appropriate ticks.

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Eventually, I ended up with Gallon and half Gallon marks and numbers.

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After I was finished with the tick marks, it was time to try a logo. I picked up some sticker paper from Staples and used it to print out and cut out a quick text logo to try.



I cut it out with a utility knife. It took a fair amount of time and isn't something I would want to do often.



Carefully pealing the backing off, I stuck it to the pot to get ready for the etching.





The solution quickly made a mess of the sticker. I didn't have high hopes of what it would look like after I took the sticker off, I figured the solution most likely burned behind the sticker and would be a blurry mess when I took it off. Using these stickers is in no way a re-usable technique. If you wanted to use this to mark your kegs or all your pots, you'd be in for a lot of cutting work making unique templates for each etching.



Pealing it off though and cleaning it up revealed a much better etching than I decided. I think it's because although the solution bubbled and soaked the paper part of the sticker, the glue just became more gunky and stayed in place which I think helped keep the template integrity. Too mad these stickers aren't reusable in any way, it would be great to do this to all my pots and kegs.

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Old 08-22-2014, 03:58 AM   #476
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how long are you guys letting it sit after you etch? Im brewing saturday and want to do this tomorrow

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how long are you guys letting it sit after you etch? Im brewing saturday and want to do this tomorrow
It doesnt need to sit for any period of time. Just clean it amd it is good to go immediately.
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Just finished up

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Thanks everyone for getting this technique to the cover of BYO magazine.

https://byo.com/stories/issue/item/3...ettle-projects

Thanks Dawson @ BYO for reaching out to me.

I'm so glad this process has worked out so well for so many of you.
In addition to BYO magazine, this article has also been posted to makezine.com!

http://makezine.com/projects/make-40/etch-a-kettle/

You guys are amazing!
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oh the possibilities. watch out stainless appliances.

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