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Old 07-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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I have two brew pots that are both 7.5 gallons. One is stainless steel and one is aluminum (taller and skinnier). I have started doing BIAB partial mashes and moving into AG BIAB. Considering I lose a lot of water in the mash, I would like to be able to mark different water levels in my pots so I can know where I am at pre and post boil. Does anyone have a good idea of how to do this? I assume I can always find some way to scratch it in there, but I would rather be a bit nicer than that. Or should I simply mark my stir sitck at different levels?


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Old 07-12-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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I'd just carve some notches into a wooden dowel.



 
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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I'd just carve some notches into a wooden dowel.
Came here to post the same.

 
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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x2. Wood dowel and a permanent marker. I use one stick for 2 tanks by using different colors on each side and it works great.

 
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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I'd just carve some notches into a wooden dowel.
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I used a square dowel from Home Depot/Lowes and used a 1 gallon measuring pitcher to fill both my keggles one gallon at a time. After each gallon settled, I made a notch using a file at the fill line. After I had notched to 15 gallons, I let the dowel dry overnight. I used a Sharpie to write numbers and fill in each notch, then coated the whole thing in cutting board/butcher block oil. A couple days later and good to go. I have a sight glass on my HLT and it is less useful than my "dip stick".
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:53 PM   #6
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I guess I will be making my third trip to Lowes this week! Thanks for the suggestions, and Q to 3 Dog: Do you have to worry about the oil leaching into your brew water? Any other good sealing suggestions after marking the dowel?
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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Nano brewery friend of mine uses a pice of PVC pipe. Since it's plastic, it is easier to clean and sanitize. He just marked it with a sharpe or other permanent marker.

 
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I guess I will be making my third trip to Lowes this week! Thanks for the suggestions, and Q to 3 Dog: Do you have to worry about the oil leaching into your brew water? Any other good sealing suggestions after marking the dowel?
Boiled linseed oil should work. It's water resistant and is manufactured from flax seeds iirc.. so it should be safe. Research yourself, though.

 
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:28 PM   #9
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I just use a tape measure to measure the liquid level and compute from there.
pi * r2 * h (from the tape measure) /231 = gallons
This is in inches, btw...

 
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:44 PM   #10
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I've made a dipstick out of a ridgid piece of copper tubing and some stainless steel hose clamps. Top hose clamp is 6.5 gallons and bottom one if 5.5 gallons. These are basically the only two pot measurements I need. When I start to warm strike water I put the water in gallon by gallon using an old gallon milk jug or something similar.



 
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