Float ball for sight glass - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks > Float ball for sight glass

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-13-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
CorgiBrew
 
CorgiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Twin Cities, Land of 10k Lakes (count 'em!)
Posts: 118
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



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).
__________________
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you brew that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 51,511
Liked 3519 Times on 3330 Posts


get one of those hightemp red orings and just cut a 1/8" piece off. That should float.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 04:14 PM   #3
CorgiBrew
 
CorgiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Twin Cities, Land of 10k Lakes (count 'em!)
Posts: 118
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by IrregularPulse View Post
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.
__________________
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you brew that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
samuelpeter
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 60

Wouldn't this then involve having to chase the 'float' as it ends up drained into the kettle?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
BargainFittings
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
BargainFittings's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Allen TX
Posts: 2,054
Liked 95 Times on 84 Posts


The silicone o-rings do not float.

Maybe actually use a coffee maker float from goodwill.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 06:01 PM   #6
CorgiBrew
 
CorgiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Twin Cities, Land of 10k Lakes (count 'em!)
Posts: 118
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by IrregularPulse View Post
get one of those hightemp red orings and just cut a 1/8" piece off. That should float.
Quote:
Originally Posted by samuelpeter View Post
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.
__________________
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you brew that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 06:02 PM   #7
CorgiBrew
 
CorgiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Twin Cities, Land of 10k Lakes (count 'em!)
Posts: 118
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Or, maybe there's something that would work at a fishing tackle store?
__________________
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you brew that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 06:16 PM   #8
nicadrick
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Oregon City, OR
Posts: 250


Quote:
Originally Posted by CorgiBrew View Post
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!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 06:55 PM   #9
axr
 
axr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
West Orange, NJ
Posts: 110

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.

axr

Reason: additional info

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #10
CorgiBrew
 
CorgiBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Twin Cities, Land of 10k Lakes (count 'em!)
Posts: 118
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by nicadrick View Post
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.
__________________
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you brew that.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sight Glass ?s bkloos Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 21 02-01-2011 05:35 AM
sight glass on MLT? BuzzCraft Equipment/Sanitation 14 05-14-2010 02:53 AM
What to do with sight glass? Nerdie Equipment/Sanitation 20 02-12-2010 03:13 AM
Sight Glass Ball Valve Combo Brewer_Steve All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 02-05-2010 06:05 PM
sight-glass Saxmk6 Equipment/Sanitation 3 11-09-2009 11:14 PM


Forum Jump