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Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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I read about brewers using S/S yardsticks to measure depth and compute volume.  Will an enamel-coated ruler withstand near-boliling temps if I measure volume post-boil?
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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 04:22:03 PM »
is it painted with lead paint?

the enamel can handle it I'm sure, your brain on the other hand...

wort temps are only ~212 so yeah, it can handle it but I would be concerned with what else might be on the yardstick.
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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 05:29:02 PM »
Big plastic or Stainless spoon. Take a Dremel and add tick marks. You are over thinking this.

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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 05:36:02 PM »
...or an unfinished dowel rod from a hardware store.
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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2015, 05:38:00 PM »
...or an unfinished dowel rod from a hardware store.

+1.  What I use.
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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 06:11:42 PM »
Thanks guys.
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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2015, 06:43:11 PM »
One does not have to immerse the ruler that is being used measure the fluid column height.  I have never measured that way.  I compute the fluid column height by measuring the distance from the top of the fluid column to the top of the kettle and subtracting that value from the depth of the kettle.  That way, I can use any ruler that I have on hand because it does not actually touch the wort.  Plus, if one is not using an over-sized kettle, one can usually get away with using an easy to acquire low-cost 12" photo-etched stainless steel ruler.

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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2015, 07:01:41 PM »
Will an enamel-coated ruler withstand near-boliling temps if I measure volume post-boil?

I use a coated, yellow ruler bought at one of the big box stores.  I don't know what the coating is, but it doesn't come off. 


I read about brewers using S/S yardsticks to measure depth and compute volume.  Will an enamel-coated ruler withstand near-boliling temps if I measure volume post-boil?

I find measuring from the bottom to be better than measuring from the top for accuracy but I haven't changed any of the calibrations I have done where I measured from the top. 

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Re: Will enamel-coated yardstick withstand hot wort temps to measure volume?
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 02:15:10 AM »
I'm really lazy and efficient. I use my plastic stir paddle to measure. I etched volume marks in it so it serves two purposes.


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