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Old 07-20-2013, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Sight glass on Mash Tun or no sight glass on Mash Tun?

Im currently using 3 keggles. I only put a sight glass on the Liqour Tank and the Boil Kettle thinking there was no need on on my mash tun, and that grains may get in there. Any thoughts? or reasons why I should pop one on there? Cheers!



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Old 07-20-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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I use a Cooner with volume ticks inside, but I imagine you could certainly add one. Dunno about grains lodging in there though. Cheers


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I can't see a need for this you can just use the sight glass on your HLT to measure how much you're adding to your MLT. Only exception I can see is if you have a direct fired MLT and want to be able to heat your strike right in your MLT...
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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I'm a batch sparger and will say it's not needed. I have a sight glass on the BK so i know how much comes out and how much more i'll need. No sense in complicating it and having another thing that can break!
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
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No need for a sight glass on the mash if you have one on the HLT and one on the kettle. All you really need to know is how much water you mash in with and when you kettle is full and ready to start the boil.
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Nah don't bother! I mean, you know how much is in there. You put it there.

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My dad has more money than sense so he has nice Blichmans for his HLT, MLT, and BK. They have sight glasses built in. Like others have said, they're nice in the HLT and BK but it really serves no purpose on the MLT that we've found.
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My dad has more money than sense so he has nice Blichmans for his HLT, MLT, and BK. They have sight glasses built in. Like others have said, they're nice in the HLT and BK but it really serves no purpose on the MLT that we've found.
I think only reason for sight glass on MLT is of you are heating strike water in it instead of in HLT.
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At the risk of getting off topic, do you find the sight glass on your boil kettle useful? I just built a keggle and not sure if I should put a sight glass on or not.
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At the risk of getting off topic, do you find the sight glass on your boil kettle useful? I just built a keggle and not sure if I should put a sight glass on or not.
In all honesty, I used to use an aluminum rod with half gallon increments before I installed sight glass on my BK.
It was reasonably simple with the former and reasonably simpler with the sight glass. One less thing to stick into cooled wort.


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