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Offline pitbull

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Sight Gauge
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:46:53 PM »
Looking to add a sight gauge to my boil tun. It's a converted keg. Any suggestions on where to buy and mount?

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 10:47:11 PM »
After exhaustive research I found the best deal HERE.

So far so good.

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http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/WSBW_All_grain_Setup.html
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 12:12:51 AM »
After exhaustive research I found the best deal HERE.

So far so good.



Did you buy this? If so, how'd you like it? Unfortunately they don't ship internationally ("too much paperwork" is always a super lame excuse in my opinion) so before I have it shipped twice (to my dad, then he sends it to me) I wanna make sure it's a good solution. Does it seem like it'd fit any size kettle? I'd probably order the sight glass/thermometer combo, as it seems neat.
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 05:42:56 AM »
After exhaustive research I found the best deal HERE.

So far so good.



Did you buy this? If so, how'd you like it? Unfortunately they don't ship internationally ("too much paperwork" is always a super lame excuse in my opinion) so before I have it shipped twice (to my dad, then he sends it to me) I wanna make sure it's a good solution. Does it seem like it'd fit any size kettle? I'd probably order the sight glass/thermometer combo, as it seems neat.
I have two of these, one for a converted keg and one for a 10 gal kettle. Both fit great and are top notch quality.
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 07:00:16 AM »
Yup, bought it. Good craftsmanship, good materials. Great deal.
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http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/WSBW_All_grain_Setup.html
I brew WITH style..... not necessarily TO style.....

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 07:20:29 AM »
Thanks Oscarvan...sure is cheaper than more beer.

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 10:49:14 AM »
Before you spend the Cash.. have you considered not putting it on?  Another option would be to use a calibrated stick/rod from a fixed point in the converted keg.   There are advantages/likes dislikes for both of course,  but I like the simplicity and less cleaning factor...   

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 11:43:17 AM »
Yeah bearcat, I have marks etched on the inside of the kettle. But during the boil they are really hard to see. The less cleaning is a good point....but 30 bucks shipped was to good to pass up...
Thanks for help guys..
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2011, 12:44:54 PM »
For the record I only put a sight glass on the HLT. Then calibrated it an marked the sight glass with a marker. For my kettle I use a large stir paddle with calibrations on it. (I'm looking up at the HLT, and down at the kettle....)
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2011, 01:43:59 PM »
Oh, Hi. I'm the owner of brewhardware.com and I just wanted to mention that I do, in fact, ship internationally. There was a brief time during the holidays, and shortly afterwards, where order volume was so high that I couldn't justify standing in line at the post office to ship. I'm sorry if that seemed like a lame excuse, but I can drop off 30 domestic shipments in 3 minutes, but it can take up to 30 minutes to stand in line with the customs form, just to ship a single international package.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2011, 03:20:05 PM »
Just thought I'd out in my 2 cents.  I installed one of Bobby's (brewhardware.com) sight glasses on my HLT.  Installation and calibration was a breeze. Its a solid addition to my HLT and makes brew day much easier.  Make sure you view his installation video.  It covers all those little details you don't think of until you're in the middle of the install.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2011, 03:21:43 PM by glastctbrew »
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2011, 03:48:24 PM »
I have a sight gauge from brewhardware.com and it's great.  Outstanding customer service as well!

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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2011, 04:13:23 PM »
Damn you guys...you're gonna make me buy one of these!
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2011, 05:08:15 PM »
Damn you guys...you're gonna make me buy one of these!

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They look to be a quality piece. Now with the reviews, I'm gonna have to pull the trigger.
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Re: Sight Gauge
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2011, 08:03:55 PM »
After a few brews with this thing I can only underline my previous opinion....

It works, it works well and for less than all the other guys.

That's about it.
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http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/WSBW_All_grain_Setup.html
I brew WITH style..... not necessarily TO style.....