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Old 05-21-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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Currently have the couplings high enough on the keg walls that with the 90 deg turn and all in the sight glass, i hit the 5 gal mark before i see indications.
Would like to get it down lower.

Also, the 90 deg compression fitting and o-rings is kinda flimsy. What's the preferred site glass and whats the trick to put it as low as possible?



 
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Old 05-21-2010, 02:40 AM   #2
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What do you have right now? My kits start reading at 2.75 gallons in a converted keg.


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Old 05-21-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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What do you have right now? My kits start reading at 2.75 gallons in a converted keg.


Here's the best pic of the location that I have. It's a T-shaped stainless piece which adds approx 1" of height above the hole through the bulkhead. Then the compression fitting adds another 1/2" of height, etc. It's just mounted too high. I end up seeing a visual indicator at 5 gallons.


I'll be welding soon and patching this hole. But while I'm relocating, I'd rather have a better setup than this big honking T-shaped stainless thing.

I'm thinking of the site glasses i've seen on the sabco rigs and similar. They're shrouded with a stainless piece of C-channel. I can pass on that, but I like that they're so small and sit so close to the keg.
Or something like this:
http://www.brew-magic.com/bm_part_sitgl_tube.html

But I'm not sure how to connect it. I could weld to the bottom I guess. Easy enough, but it would be in the path of the burner.

 
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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I could weld this in. Anyone got a line on a part # for this little 90 compression fitting?

Sorry if this is old news guys. I'm not a frequent flyer on this board.




 
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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I could weld this in. Anyone got a line on a part # for this little 90 compression fitting?
You could get something similar from BobbyM http://www.suebob.com/brew/sale/ or from Wayne at BargainFittings http://greatbargain.net/opencart/ind...product_id=117.
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:41 PM   #6
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You could switch your ball valve and sight glass/thermo assemblies. The ball valve appears quite a bit lower. A pickup tube would allow you have the ball valve raised higher with no issues and I'm assuming you already have one.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:48 PM   #7
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You definitely drilled your hole too high. You would want it as close to the bottom of the wall as you can where it would still have a place to seal. My sight glass kits (early Bobby M) are welded 3/8" fittings and they read just under 2 gallons.


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