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Offline behndthmask

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Questions About Keggle Construction
« on: March 27, 2011, 06:20:47 PM »
I have some questions regarding keggle construction. The first is when using a sight glass in the brewing vessel do people have trouble with it getting clogged with hops? If this is the case then I think I will skip putting one on and just put one on the HLT since there is nothing to clog it up. Also following that same train of thought do I want to put the sight glass below the false bottom of the Mash tun. I have watched the videos online of people brewing with sight glasses in all three vessels but havn't heard anyone talk about the clogging.


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Re: Questions About Keggle Construction
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 08:47:24 PM »
I've been brewing with 3 converted kegs(keggle sounds like the exercise my wife did when she was pregnant)since 2000 and even bought a sight glass.  But I really never saw a need to install it.  I use the rings on the keg to mark 5 gallons and then extrapolate from there.  When I fill the mash tun I'm using 5 gallon water bottles and have become pretty good at estimating water volumes.  I normally collect 14 gallons of wort and boil down to 12 so I'll collect 11.5 in the fermenter.  I've done it so many times I don't even measure anymore.  Sight glasses just look like something that I'm going to break the first time I use them.
If you feel you need more control I would recommend getting a piece of stainless or copper rod from a welding shop and cut notches into it for whatever volumes you need. 
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Questions About Keggle Construction
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 05:17:02 AM »
I use a wooden dowl that was laying around unused that I notched at one gallon increments.  I don't use it after the fire is off, but have no need to.
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Re: Questions About Keggle Construction
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 03:34:35 PM »
I didn't bother with a sight glass on my boil kettle - One less thing to get dirty.   I have my long handled plastic spoon marked in one gallon increments which I use a dip stick.

Like you, I went ahead and put a sight glass on my HLT.  I find this very convenient.

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Re: Questions About Keggle Construction
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 06:43:20 PM »
Ok thanks eveyone for the reply, that was kinda my line of thinking also. I will just use one on the HLT and use another means of measuring in the other vessels.