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Old 08-01-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default Sight glass hack job

So I ended up deciding to go with a traditional sight glass instead of a pressure gauge as I was originally thinking about doing. I couldn't find a readily available source of clear rigid tubing, so as a temporary solution, so I can brew this weekend, I stuck a length of copper tubing down a piece of flexible tubing and attached that to a barb fitting which is attached to a 90 degree elbow. It isn't pretty but it works and will hold me over until I get something more permanent.

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Old 08-01-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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Methinks that tubing will probably melt unless it can stand up to temps around 300F or higher. I know that my sightglass got crazy hot and boiled water in the tube until I put a piece of aluminum flashing under it.

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Just another option would be to add some score marks on the inside. Free and easy.

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Methinks that tubing will probably melt unless it can stand up to temps around 300F or higher. I know that my sightglass got crazy hot and boiled water in the tube until I put a piece of aluminum flashing under it.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and warnings. I opted to order a sight glass kit online and refrain from brewing until it gets here.

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Thanks for the replies and warnings. I opted to order a sight glass kit online and refrain from brewing until it gets here.
Good call.
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I got my clear rigid tubing from grainger. It was like $11 for 8 feet

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Don't wait to brew....Cap off that elbow, get a dowel, mark your volumes, and get brewing.

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Don't wait to brew....Cap off that elbow, get a dowel, mark your volumes, and get brewing.
Too late. I already committed to other projects and I am going on a couple winery tours with SWMBO on Sunday. It's been painful to skip a planned brew day, but beer heals all wounds. Drinking a Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale to hold me until the homebrew is ready.
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Good choice to spend quality time with the SWMBO
Spent a couple hours bottling kegs this morning with mine.


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