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Weldless Sightglass Elbow Kit, LP for straight Pot
Weldless Sightglass Elbow Kit, LP for straight Pot


 
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Product Code: LP

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This sight glass or level indicating accessory takes the guess work out of determining how much liquid is in any of your hot side brewing vessels. It is most commonly installed in hot liquor tanks to measure strike and sparge water volumes, but is also very useful in boil kettles to measure pre and post boil volumes.

While weldless systems have gotten a bad rep amongst homebrewers, this design is different. When installed per instructions, the unit is 100% guaranteed not to leak the first time and any time you reinstall it (no leak reports in at least 5000 units sold).

Note: This LP kit is for pots that have a straight side wall. We've found that Bayou Classic tri-ply pots actually have a curved area at the bottom and the LK kit meant for SANKE kegs actually fits MUCH better for these pots.

Includes:

19" Polycarbonate Tubing rated to 250F.
If you have a vessel taller than 20", you can specify longer lengths.
Stainless Hardware (1/4" NPT elbow)
High Temp. Silicone Gasket
Stainless eye bolt for securing the tube to the top of your pot.
Black Vinyl Numbers for each gallon mark from 2 to 15. (extended numbers up to 25 gallons and 5-60 liter also available)

Note: standard length is 19" and these are the ones that are in stock and ready to ship right away. Extended lengths of 24 and 36" may incur 2-4 days of additional lead time.

Install Instructions:


1. LOCATE the preferred center point for the sight glass bulkhead hole. Note, the videos linked below show the process of installing several components into a pot, one of which is this sight glass kit. It is recommended that you watch the video AND read the following instructions.

In a straight sided pot, make sure the interior stainless steel washer will not rest against the bottom curvature of the pot. The whole assembly needs to be on a flat area of the side wall. In the case of the LP (sight only elbow kit), the lower the bulkhead is installed (within reason), the less liquid it will take to begin registering on the sight glass. As noted in the video on this page, if you intent to install a heat shield, you may need to install the kit a little higher.

2. Drill a clean 1/2" (better) or 9/16" diameter hole in the sidewall of your metal vessel, preferably with a step or “uni” bit. Tip: Start any hole with a small 1/8" pilot hole as most larger bits are not great at getting the initial hole through the metal. Deburr any sharp edges from the hole by either running the step bit from the inside or by using a metal file or sand paper. Be extremely careful working on the drilled hole until the sharp edges are smoothed out.

3.Unscrew the threaded bushing from the elbow fitting and remove the silicone gasket.

4.Leave the metal washer(s) on the bushing and insert it through the hole in the vessel from the inside.

5.Push the red silicone washer over the threads on the outside of the vessel all the way tight to the sidewall. (most people ignore this and complain about leaks. We assume that if you're already reading this, you'll probably get it right so thanks for that. Again, the gasket goes on the OUTSIDE of the pot.

6.Hold the elbow fitting and tube in front of the threads and turn the bushing from the inside to thread it in. The silicone washer should crush slightly between the fitting and the vessel wall but do NOT over tighten. It is better to undertighten and adjust a bit tighter later if it leaks. Note that the silicone gasket should be the only thing between the fitting and the outside wall of your vessel. You should NOT use teflon tape or any other type of thread sealant on the threads of the weldless bushing. The seal is made with the gasket.

7. Make the tube straight up and down (plumb) and mark a spot to drill the 1/4" hole at the very top of the vessel for the eyebolt. Leave one nut on the eyebolt threads, slip the loop over the top of the sightgass tubing, insert the eyebolt threads into your 1/4" hole, and thread the second nut onto the threads from the interior of the vessel. The distance the tubing is held from the vessel can be adjusted before tightening everything up. On a straight pot, be sure to locate the hole as high as you can without the interior nut interfearing with an inset style lid. On a keg, you can locate the hole at about the middle of the top skirt avoiding the rolled edge at the very top.

Tip: Take the time to make sure the tube is straight. I know you're anxious to get the job done but if you eyeball it badly, you'll regret it every time you brew and see a crooked tube.


CALIBRATION INSTRUCTIONS for all kit types:


1. Level the vessel, apply a vertical piece of masking tape to the side of the tube, and add a carefully measure gallon of water at a time noting each gallon on the tape. Empty the vessel and remove the sight glass. Cut the number strip into individual numbers, remove the rigid paper off the number, apply at the correct level on the tube. Remove the clear top masking leaving ONLY the black vinyl number behind. (It's probably better to view the video to get this). If you are adventurous, you can apply the decals directly to the sight glass while calibrating the level, but we find it's much easier to get a clean straight application with the tube laying down horizontally.

2. If you make a mistake applying the vinyl numbers, you should be able to scrape them off with your fingernail without damaging the tubing. However, do NOT use any solvents or adhesive removers except for rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and some elbow grease. Unfortunately if this happens, you'll have to buy another strip of numbers.



LENGTH TRIMMING INSTRUCTIONS for all kit types:

If after initial installation you find the tubing is sticking up past the top of the vessel, you may want to trim it flush to make it look better and avoid snagging.

1. Mark the cut line with a sharpie marker or piece of tape. WARNING, if you are using tape to mark the cut line, be sure to note which edge represents the cut line or you may cut the tubing short by whatever the thickness of the tape is.

2. Remove the kit from the vessel, laying the tubing down on a piece of cloth to avoid scratching, and cut the tubing with a hack saw or other fine-toothed trim saw. You can also use a tubing cutter designed for copper pipe to make a score cut around the tubing and then snapping it. In either case, you can clean up the cut edge with a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood.
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JUST GREAT! April 3, 2019
Reviewer: David T. from Wisconsin  
At first when I looked at it I was confused. The weldless fitting is so small and so perfect looking I thought I was shipped an incomplete piece. No, It's just that high of quality. (Note, its not a nut like you'd expect!)

Step 2: to drill my kettle. I'm installing two of these as a Manometer in my Mash tun. So the bottom one has to fit below the false bottom. I drilled a bit too low... uh oh... nope. NOT A PROBLEM. The quality of the gasket and incredibly small footprint of this doesn't mind the slight curve at the bottom of the hole! WHEW!

Ordered another one for the HLT now, just because IT'S SO GOOD! Like, I don't even usually care how much water is in my HLT, but why not with a product this nice.

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January 27, 2018
Reviewer: aldo guerrero from san diego, CA United States  


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Great HLT Add-on November 3, 2017
Reviewer: stephen burch from Bristol, CT United States  
Installed per the instructions, really only finger tight, no leaks so far with 16 gallons in the kettle. Great price for a very useful product.

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Always the right stuff! March 20, 2017
Reviewer: Russ S from Edwardsville, IL United States  
Easy install, doesn't leak, calibrate to your kettle with ease.  Great product, fast service, couldn't ask for more.

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Everything just fantastic! A+ November 21, 2016
Reviewer: (GUEST) P GOUVEIA from Lake Buena Vista, FL United States  
Very happy making business with you guys!! Thanks a lot!

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