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Old 05-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by GrogNerd

sharpie ink + aluminum kettle + plastic mash paddle= spontaneously disjointed limbs
Seems legit !
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #12
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Thanks. I've tried the spoon thing but I have slightly rounded edges on my kettle so the up-against-the-kettle-wall thing doesn't quite work. But maybe something like this ( with a flat edge would work better as I could put it flush on the bottom of the kettle.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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I have notches cut onto a stick. Each pot I own has a custom made dip stick to check the volume.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by SwivelHips
I've been wondering the same thing, and would prefer to avoid dipping something in my kettle, more out of convenience than sanitation.

I would think it okay to mark the inside using some sort of large punch to dimple the kettle wall such that one could still reliably clean it.
Well, I also know that each kettle is 17 inches deep so I can just measure how far down the wort is from the top and do a bit more math.

"Ineed 8 gallons, so that is 12 inches of wort meaning it will be 5 inches from the top."
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:41 PM   #15
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I use a stick. I also have the outside of the kettle marked in sharpie. The sharpie won't last on the inside.

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:11 PM   #16
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What about a paint pen? Like the kind for models and such?

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #17
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Just measure the deadspace if you don't want to submerge a measuring device in your kettle. Or mark the spoon.

Both are good. I've done both, think measuring deadspace is a bit easier since you're not relying only on the intervals you've already measured/marked.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:44 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by maida7 View Post
I have notches cut onto a stick. Each pot I own has a custom made dip stick to check the volume.
ME too. I took a scrap of maple I had and used a gallon jug. I then took a hack saw and made kerf marks at every gallon.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:45 AM   #19
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Has anyone mentioned sightglass??

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:28 AM   #20
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always measure the exact same way you did when you calibrated. it doesn't matter how you did it. just be consistent
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