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Old 10-21-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Would a wooden dowel with notches be safe? Or what about using electrical tape? I've considered using PVC as well but was nervous about it nor being food grade.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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I use an old keg spear, notched with tubing cutter at gallon intervals. Used an electric engraver to note how many gallons.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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I used a notched wooden dowel. Works fine.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
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1/2" copper pipe notched with tubing cutter. Used a Sharpie to mark the gallons but it wipes off after a few uses so I have to reapply. I like the engraver idea. Might have to try that.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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I have measurements on my FV's. I also use a 1 gallon Sunny D jug with markings on it for quarts up to 1 gallon level. I measure water for BK & top off with it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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Your best bet is to calibrate and mark your fermenter. Use a 1 gallon bottle and use a measuring cup to mark quarts on it, then use the one gallon bottle to fill your carboy 1 gallon or less at a time. Mark on the outside of the fermenter with a Sharpie. With a carboy it's pretty straightforward, but it's still easy with a bucket - the plastic is translucent so you can see the liquid level if the light is bright (if your room light isn't bright enough, use a flashlight).
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:34 AM   #7
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Either I had a moment of absolute genius, or total stupidity but I measure the pot, calculated the water level at different volumes, and used a aluminum yardstick to check the water level.

 
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