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Old 02-03-2012, 03:16 AM   #1
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how necessary are a sightglass and thermometer in a boil kettle? Do i need a false bottom? Thanks for the help

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:32 AM   #2
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They are not necessary but very helpful. I love my sight glass and thermometer. False bottom in a BK is not needed unless your boiling all whole hops every single batch.

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:38 AM   #3
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I won't own a BK without a ball valve and sight glass. They're too useful to me.

YMMV

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:45 AM   #4
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i will be using this specifically for 10 gallon batches so i will definitely order the valve but i was just wondering what the advantages were with the sightglass and thermometer.

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:49 AM   #5
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i will be using this specifically for 10 gallon batches so i will definitely order the valve but i was just wondering what the advantages were with the sightglass and thermometer.
The advantage is that you can sparge or add water to the desired level with the sight glass and the thermometer is helpful to monitor.

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:50 AM   #6
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how necessary are a sightglass and thermometer in a boil kettle? Do i need a false bottom? Thanks for the help
Sight glass and thermometer are not important in a boil kettle. If you want to BIAB they may be useful. You could always use a tee after the bulkhead for a sight glass valve combo.

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:04 AM   #7
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Sight glass and thermometer are not important in a boil kettle. If you want to BIAB they may be useful. You could always use a tee after the bulkhead for a sight glass valve combo.
That is exactly what i was going to get, had it in my cart then started thinking "why". I have the extra money now but this will be used strictly as a boil kettle and that extra 40 buck will buy a sack of grain

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:06 AM   #8
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I have a ball valve on mine that's it. my stir paddle is marked in 1/2 gallon increments up to 8 gallons. I over sparged a batch by a bit last weekend and boiled for an extra half hour before adding 60 min hop addition. Came to just over my target volume in ferm bucket... all from measurements on my stirring stick.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:12 AM   #9
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I have a ball valve on mine that's it. my stir paddle is marked in 1/2 gallon increments up to 8 gallons. I over sparged a batch by a bit last weekend and boiled for an extra half hour before adding 60 min hop addition. Came to just over my target volume in ferm bucket... all from measurements on my stirring stick.
How do you mark the paddle? add half gallon at a time but wouldnt the marker saturate with water...lol

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:31 AM   #10
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Yup add a half gallon at a time, I heated a knife with a bic lighter and burned/melted a line. My paddle is plastic so no absorption, black soot from lighter has stayed in groove over many batches. I made a red oak paddle which I still have to mark, but I don't forsee any noticiable absorption in hardwood oak paddle
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