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Old 11-03-2012, 02:10 PM   #11
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I use 1/2 copper pipe. I marked it with circles from lightly using a tubing cutter on it. I also use to measure water in HLT.
I did that as well and also put a 90 degree elbow on the top with a notch in it to rest on the edge of my BK. I marked it in 2 litre increments from 18-50L.


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Old 11-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #12
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After reading this I'm thinking of taking my dremel and putting a little score mark on my stainless stirring spoon at gallon increments. I could just add one gallon, mark the spoon. Add another gallon, mark the spoon.
I'm kinda liking this idea as easier, although I do have a fairly good idea of the volume based on where the wort is in my kettle relative to the handle rivets.


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Old 11-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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I suppose marking directly on the spoon is a pretty clever idea since it'll be in the pot anyway!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #14
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What do you have against using a sight glass/tube??

I tried using mixers, and other things, to figure out how much was in the volume. Once the wort was boiling, it was difficult (at best) to get anything even close to the actual volume in there. Sight glass (that I have on my keggle) is damned easy to get an accurate read on how much is actually inside it.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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Basically, I don't want to have to cut the hole in my pot...
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #16
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Basically, I don't want to have to cut the hole in my pot...
wow... Now I really have heard it all.

While I wouldn't drill into a Blichmann, I have no hesitation about putting holes in any other pots, kettles, keggles, etc.

IMO, the benefits of the sight glass outweighs any discomfort you have in putting another hole (or two) into the kettle. It is a kettle, right? Not just a pot? Unless this is a pot you also use for cooking food, I'd just do it. If you don't have a brew kettle, I highly recommend getting/making one. A ball valve, for one thing, is a HUGE saver. Saves from spills when pouring into the fermenter. Saves from having to siphon if you're not pouring. I could go on but I won't.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #17
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No, it's a dedicated 15 gallon brew pot with weldless thermometer and ball valve. However, I ordered it that way, I didn't do the modifications myself.

EDIT: I'm also concerned about the fragility of a sightglass. I don't have a ton of space to store my brew gear, so everything gets pack together pretty tightly.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:55 PM   #18
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I've done two sight glass assemblies so far. One welded in, one weldless. The weldless version is much tighter to the side, but the welded can be removed easier (TC fittings). I have a stainless shield over the glass tube on mine, so it's safe/protected. When I was driving to my brew buddy's place, bringing the keggle with me each time, I simply had the welded sight tube/glass off the keggle. I never removed the weldless from the side, since it was close enough to not be an issue.

The welded assembly might protrude a couple of inches from the side. The weldless was just a little beyond the humps on the keggle, so much tighter.

You could install the sight tube to one side of the ball valve. That way, you'll not really need to worry about it taking up more space. That's how I set up my current keggle .


The TC cap to the right of the sight tube is where my ball valve goes. Directly above that is the recirculation inlet fitting.

First keggle:


BTW, I'm not installing thermometers into kettles/keggles anymore. I have a much better way to get temperature readings.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:53 AM   #19
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What do you have against using a sight glass/tube??
Nothing, inherently, but my SS brew kettle also doubles as my turkey fryer. Sight glass tubing I'm use to seeing doesn't stand up to hot oil.

Besides, it's not that big of a deal to measure it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:00 AM   #20
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My brew keggles are dedicated to brewing 100%. I also use borosilicate glass in my sight tubes along with silicone o-rings that are safe to about 500F.

I wouldn't (and can't) trust the polycarbonate sight glass tubes. The temp they start to fail at is simply too low for me. Plus there's a thread (or a few of them) about them getting fractures after what I would consider 'normal' cleaning routines. Use of oxiclean, or PBW (which is what I use) making this happen. I'll stick with the glass sight tubes, stainless fittings and silicone o-rings all around.


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