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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #60 on: April 13, 2012, 12:45:09 PM »
All this scribing, dremeling, bolting, slicing, diceing, buying stuff. All I did was pour in a gallon of water, put my wood mash paddel in and pull it out, notched the wet/dry line with my pocket knife, and made 1/2 & 1/4 notches, repeat up to 6 gallons. 3 minutes and free since I already had the mash paddle and pocket knife.

 But that's just me...

A pocket knife...that's awfully fancy. You could have used your teeth instead : )

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #61 on: April 16, 2012, 02:55:56 PM »
All this scribing, dremeling, bolting, slicing, diceing, buying stuff. All I did was pour in a gallon of water, put my wood mash paddel in and pull it out, notched the wet/dry line with my pocket knife, and made 1/2 & 1/4 notches, repeat up to 6 gallons. 3 minutes and free since I already had the mash paddle and pocket knife.

 But that's just me...
I like to take a volume reading at the end of my boil.  I don't like the idea of sticking a mash paddle into my sanitary wort after it's been in the bacteria-laden mash.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #62 on: April 16, 2012, 06:50:01 PM »
If you have a separate spoon or use your mash paddle to stir the boil (and leave it in there long enough) it should be well enough sanitized.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #63 on: April 16, 2012, 06:57:26 PM »
My mash paddle is wood. I really wouldn't want to stick that in my wort.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #64 on: April 16, 2012, 06:58:57 PM »
OK, you might be right there.  I have a plastic mash paddle and a stainless spoon, so I can always trust that after sanitizing it and boiling it.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #65 on: April 16, 2012, 07:10:16 PM »
I agree with a plastic mash paddle as a good measuring device.

The fact is, any kind of calibrated dip stick is better than a breakable, leakable sight glass, in my opinion.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #66 on: April 17, 2012, 06:48:47 AM »
I am getting paranoid that in five pages of discussion, nobody has mentioned my technique - a stainless steel tape measure. It's so obvious that it must be wrong somehow....

I don't often measure after KO, but if I do, do so before chilling and I spray it with star san.

Also, this tape measure is dedicated to brewing.




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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #67 on: April 17, 2012, 07:14:14 AM »
I am getting paranoid that in five pages of discussion, nobody has mentioned my technique - a stainless steel tape measure. It's so obvious that it must be wrong somehow....

I don't often measure after KO, but if I do, do so before chilling and I spray it with star san.

Also, this tape measure is dedicated to brewing.

A tape measure is a very good idea, but I might opt for a steel or aluminum yard stick, simply because of the sticky wort being sucked back into the tape recoil.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #68 on: April 18, 2012, 03:29:29 AM »
I use a tape measure as well.  I just give it a quick rinse and wipe off after each dip and let it dry before it gets rolled back up.
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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #69 on: April 18, 2012, 05:44:37 AM »
Rather than scratch lines into kettles and MT and have sharpie ink all over the place, I just use a stainless steel ruler:

My 52 quart (13 gallon) MT is 12 1/4" tall.  Keeping things really simple, 13 gallons / 12.25 = 1" per gallon (15/16 if you have OCD).  Same for my 8G kettle: 13" tall / 8 gallons = 1 5/8" per gallon.

By ruler I meant tape measure.  I'm not feeling any love.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #70 on: April 18, 2012, 05:57:12 AM »
I didn't see what I use, so here is my 2 cents. My Brewery is made from Keggles, I took the SS spear,dip tube, or whatever it's called and notched it with a new hack saw blade.I use a false bottom in the BK, after setting it up I added water 1 gal at a time and held my thumb at the water level then notched.
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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #71 on: April 18, 2012, 06:30:19 AM »
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By ruler I meant tape measure.  I'm not feeling any love.

Doh! Sorry BP79, maybe OCD was kicking in and I didn't see your post. M-Th is always a challenge, because those are my alcohol-free days.

This thread inspired me to go buy a 3' SS yard stick for four bucks, which is stouter than a tape measure and easier to clean.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #72 on: April 19, 2012, 05:43:13 AM »
No worries, I don't remember much from my undergrad days, but I do remember my favorite biomechanics prof repeatedly telling me students often over-complicate things. 

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #73 on: April 22, 2012, 04:30:18 PM »
Question for the forum:

I am a relatively new all grain brewer and to this point I have been "eyeballing" volumes in my keggle.  Naturally, this has given me mixed result so I want to create i measuring stick taht I can notch/mark at different volumes.  I found a metal rod in my basement that would be perfect for this if I cleaned it up.  It appears to be some sort of generic steel. 

The question is if this metal would have any noticable effect on the beer.  I know its probably not the ideal material, but since it would not contact the wort for very long, would I be OK? 

Thanks

You generally don't want exposed iron, so if you are using an iron or steel (stainless is fine) rod then I would avoid it. 

My solution is simple; I use a long handle plastic spoon and I just drew graduation marks on it with a marker at half gallon increments.  Every ten or fifteen brews I will darken the marks.

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Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« Reply #74 on: April 22, 2012, 04:32:38 PM »
I use a typical brewing plastic spoon and marked water levels with a sharpie!

http://www.monsterbrew.com/Prod_PlasticSpoon.cfm

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