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A better feeler gauge
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:12:46 PM »
I missed my target OG on a recent brew and wondered if my grain mill gap had moved.  As I trolled these precincts though I concluded that it was because I didn't change the gap in my mill to account for the smaller size of Wheat.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about a better way to set the gap on my mill.  Part of the issue for me was getting both sides zeroed in at the same time which would take a wider feeler gauge than the usual one I had used initially.  In other words I would get one side set and the other would have moved... back and forth.

So here is what I came up with.  2 3.5" x 4" sheets of metal.  One for wheat (24 gauge / .0239) & one for barley (20 gauge / .0359).  Quick and easy to use and cheap to acquire.

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 10:18:09 PM »
That is a great idea Steve!
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 10:22:00 PM »
Genius actually

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 11:22:04 AM »
Pretty slick. I just use a credit card turned sideways, nice .020 gap.
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
Geeze as I get older I worry about finding my way home let alone remembering to change the mill back!  ;D I've solved that problem by keeping my old Corona mill as my back up mill. It is turned up pretty tight and I use that for things such rye.
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 11:39:36 AM »
I just keep my mill gap so tight that I can crush anything and never need to change it.  That way, I can't forget to change it back!
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 11:41:08 AM »
You can go to any auto parts supply and get a set of gap feelers for plugs that work great and have a variety of set, labeled sizes so you can mix and match to get a precise gap setting, I find they work great, are stainless and last forever assuming you don' misplace them;) I think mine cost $2.00
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 11:45:19 AM »
Denny that is a good solution!!! Don't have to remember that way. After all I have been following your page for a while now. Your information has really changed my brewing setup! Thanks
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2013, 11:51:52 AM »
The cost to me for the two pieces?  $0.00. 

Denny,  do you ever wrestle with a stuck sparge doing it that way?
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2013, 12:20:05 PM »
I think with his method stuck is pretty hard to do. I mill with a corona and pretty fine, never close to stuck. But then again I don't use wheat or gummy adjuncts.

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 12:21:37 PM »
+1

I get stuck sparges a lot when I use wheat or other gummy adjuncts, but it's no big deal, give it all a stir, wait 5 minutes re-vorlauf and off you go.
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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2013, 12:25:36 PM »
This makes me wonder if you have a new money making homebrew gadget idea there.  Have a set milled with some "standard" thickness and couple of really thin pieces, some magnets built in and nice wooden handle and a case, you've got a stocking stuffer.   ;D

Nice idea.

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2013, 12:39:06 PM »
Magnets that stick to SS and you'll be a billionaire

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2013, 02:19:26 PM »
I was think more to stick the thin sheets to the thicker milled sheets for minor adjustments.  I knew it wasn't clear when I typed it.   :-\

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Re: A better feeler gauge
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2013, 02:35:53 PM »
All in jest, I was attempting humor. I think its a great idea for gifts for the HB that has everything