sightglass ideas

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sightglass ideas

Postby canman » Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:35 pm

any ideas for adding a sight glass. Here in Eastern Canada, allgrain is pretty scarce. Parts are nonexistant and mail order from the USA is insane on shipping. Any homemade ideas?? Thanks
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my sightglasses

Postby Gravity Thrills » Sat Feb 01, 2003 5:25 am

I use the clear plastic from a couple of old bottling wands (spring ends removed of course), with graduations made using a Sharpie. I just connect these to upright brass barbed fittings on my kettles with a short piece of tubing. I am not completely satisfied with it because the non-rigid connection means I have to hold the sightglass vertically to get the best reading, but I have not had any problems with heat turning the canes milky or anything.

I also use a t-connection to put the sight glass right off my outlet valve fitting. Not ideal because you cannot read levels while you are draining the kettle - you have to close the valve to take a reading. The up side was I did not have to drill another hole to add the sight.

There is also a How To on adding a sight glass using braided tubing in the last BYO.

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