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Old 11-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Installed my glass, but the water doesn't show up until about 3.75 gallons on both my HLT and BK. The boil kettle shouldn't be much of a problem, but I am worried about the HLT as some strikes/sparges could be less than that.

Its the kits from Brewhardware.com.

Is this too high?

 
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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It sounds like it's a little high, mine starts showing up around 2 gallons. I installed mine as low as I could. What I do in mine, if I need 10 gallons of strike or sparge water, I will put 12 gallons in, and then drain it to the 2 gallon mark. So you may need to do the same, add the amount you need to the 3.75 gallons.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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Sounds like a plan. So its kind a trade off in that either I could install a third port with a lower sight glass, or use the extra propane to heat the extra water?

 
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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Are your kettles converted kegs? The domed bottom is the cause of this problem as there is only so low you can go. I second JFlongo's recc. that you just heat more water.

 
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:44 PM   #5
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Yea, they are converted kegs.

 
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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Here is the 4 gallon mark.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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That is definitely higher than mine, so either redrill and plug that, or roll with it. Here is a picture of mine.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:28 AM   #8
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I am in the same boat, my BK/HLT (same vessel) is at 4.5 so I just heat more water and then I have some for cleanup ready to go. I wish I would've put it lower, but oh well. When I upgrade I will make sure it is lower.

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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I used a 10 gallon SS pot and put the valve pretty low. The first full gallon mark is 2 gallons so if I need 5 gallons heated I fill it to the 7 gallon mark and drain back to 2 gallons. I estimate the difference for the heated water expansion.

 
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