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Batz

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I and looking at fitting a sight glass/tube to the HLT and boiler that I am currently making
Has anyone fitted one the thier kegs?
If so what did you use , I was thinking of a couple of stainless 90 deg. compression fittings.
Perhaps use some beer line or similar
Someone must have been here before me
Cheers Batz
 

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There was an article in BYO earlier this year that had a project to do it.
The article isn't online but I have that magazine.
I'll photocopy the article and scan it in at work next week and post it here.

Beers,
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Cheers for that Doc
finished my stand this morning , looking good
 

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batz
another cheap easy option for the kettle is make a dip stick.
basically use a long stick like your mash paddle and have it marked in litres all the way along.

for my H.L.T i just use a brass tee piece before the tap with a length of racking tube attached.
i'll make it seperate one day.at the moment its works great, but to take a accurate reading you have to turn the tap off to get the level right in the tube.
the racking tube has handled the H.L.T all the way up to boiling.but i wouldn't want to use it on the kettle with boiling wort for a long time.
 

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That's an idea , thanks Jayse
 

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Don't forget Doc , I am very interested to see that article
 

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Shit forgot the mag today.
Wasn't in the office yesterday and forgot the article to photocopy today (don't have a flatbed scanner at home).
Will copy and scan tomorrow and post.

Beers,
Doc
 

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Cheers doc
You know alcohol affects your shot term......arrr......arrr..... I forgot ???
 

Batz

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you forgot again hey Doc?
 

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Nope, I remembered and bought the mag to work.
Have photocopied the article so will scan it in tonight at home and convert to PDF and post it here.

Don't have a photocopier or flat bed scanner at home, and don't have a scanner at work :D

Beers,
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on ya doc
that will keep batz off ya back
 

Batz

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Thankyou Doc
:p
 

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I finally got around to making one of these , pics maybe of help/interested to anyone thinking of doing something similar

This one is on my boiler , I have one on the HLT as well

I made little shields to help keep the heat off
 

Batz

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I had to machine down the acrylic tubing as it was 20mm and fitting are 3/4"
I also removed the srainless ferrels as I thought these would crush the tube.
I used a rubber gland from a elecrtcal fitting instead
No leaks

If you have any questions feel free to PM me about it
 

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Nice job Batz.

Where did you get the temp gauge mate? I need one for my kettle.
 

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Guys, I just noticed this thread and saw you are using acrylic tubing - sorry but acrylic is no good as it "flows" once it gets hot and will continue to shrink and discolour. Get along to Cadilac Plastics and get some polycarbonate tube.

I used brass olive compression elbows with backnuts to set up my HLT as below:

HLT_opt.jpg
 

Batz

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DOH!
Don't know if I want to hear this 1

Is the pollycarbonate a ridgid tubing Wes?
 

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Yep, Polycarbonate is rigid - same stuff the "unbreakable beer jugs and glasses are moulded from.

Wes.
 

Batz

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Well maybe that's what I have , I asked for something that would be on a boiler , that gets hot.

Test boil happening now :huh:
 

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