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Old 03-05-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
Jun 2009
Mesa town, AZ
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Brewing on a budget is not all ways an easy task. I thought I would share my sight glass idea with the rest of you budget brewers, let me know what you think.
I used an old rigid pipe threader to thread the end of 3/4 od. 5/8 id polycarbonate tubing. I used dish soap to lube the cutter. It was pretty easy just make sure to keep the tubing square to the cutter. The tubing is slightly smaller than standard pipe but the tapered threads allow it to work just fine. I also used plenty of Teflon tape to ensure a good seal. The shield is made from a standard sanke dip tube, I drilled a hole into each end of the tube and cut the slot between them with an angle grinder. I cut the Bologna slice in the top so that i can put a screw through the tube into the rim of the keggle and it looks cool to. I got the polycarbonate from Granger, an 8' section cost $12.23 after tax. I also got about $3 bucks in stainless screws. So for about 15 bucks I got all three sight glasses. Not to shabby.

I may be a little scroungy , at least I'm not vain !!

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:02 PM   #2
Mar 2009
Bend, OR
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Looks great...nice work!
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
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Sep 2009
Fort Collins, CO
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That looks great, awesome job with the tube as well as the protective sheath.


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Old 03-05-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Huntington Beach ☼
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Very nice job! That slot looks like you did it with a mill. Pretty good work for an angle grinder!
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:20 PM   #5
Mar 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
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sanch - you did a very nice job on that site glass. Very cool!

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:23 PM   #6
Nov 2008
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That's bad-ass! Love it.


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Old 03-05-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Sep 2008
Long Island
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Wow...awesome. Make me three please.
Tap 1: VeedVacker Hefeweizen
Tap 2: EdWort's Haus Pal Ale
Tap 3: Penny Lane British Bitter
Kegged: Bourbon Barrel Porter
Primary 1: Cascadian Dark Ale
Primary 2: Stormchaser Pale Ale
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:49 PM   #8
Jan 2010
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Your keg looks SWEET! Must have taken a long time to polish it out that nice. Very nice work on the sight glass, does it get enough light to easily see the level of the liquid?

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:29 AM   #9
Oct 2009
Northbrook, Illinois
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What did you use to connect it on the inside? Any pictures of that?

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Old 03-06-2011, 02:54 AM   #10
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Apr 2007
Lorain, Ohio
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