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Weldless Large Sightglass Kit, LTSK For Sanke Kegs, With 3" Dial Thermometer
Weldless Large Sightglass Kit, LTSK For Sanke Kegs, With 3" Dial Thermometer


 
Our Price: $53.00

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Product Code: LTSK


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These weldless kits are up-sized to 1/2" NPT hardware to accommodate larger vessel holes and the 3" dial thermometer with a 6" long probe.The whole kit is more bulky than the TK kits but is the only way to get to a 3" dial face on the thermometer.

Models with "K" in them are meant for Sanke Kegs which on close inspection feature a subtle curvature inward as the sidewall approaches the bottom weld. While it is not obvious, this curve would cause most sight glasses to angle away from the keg up at the top. The "K" models feature a couple degrees of angle correction to keep the sight glass tube perfectly vertical when installed at the correct location. The tube is inserted into the bottom fitting at an angle and this is not a defect. Please read the install instructions to understand more about this.

Includes:

  • 19" Polycarbonate Tubing rated to 250F threaded into a stainless bushing (basically the model SB kit).
  • Weldless assembly
  • 3" Dial Face Thermometer, 6" probe length, 20-240F (Celcius marks as well), 1% of range accuracy. Recalibration screw on the back.
  • Black Vinyl Numbers for each gallon mark from 2 to 15.(5-50 liter also available, see options)
  • 1/4" x 2" SS eyebolt.

Install Requirements:


  1. LOCATE the preferred center point for the sight glass bulkhead hole. Drill a 13/16" hole in the lower sidewall of your vessel, centerpoint approximately 1.25" above the keg bottom skirt weld. De bur the hole inside and out.
  2. Unscrew the threaded bushing from the elbow fitting and remove the silicone gasket.Leave the metal washer(s) on the bushing and insert it through the hole in the vessel from the inside.
  3. 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.
  4. Hold the tee fitting 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.
  5. The only added step is threading the sight glass with bushing into the tee with some teflon tape on the threads. Note, the silicone sealing washer goes on the OUTSIDE of the vessel between the tee and vessel wall. When threading the sight glass with bushing into the top of the tee, be sure to use teflon tape. You will notice the top of the tube will angle away, then closer to the keg as you turn the bushing. Once the threads start to snug up, stop at a point where the tubing is nice and vertical.
  6. 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 interfering 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.


THERMOMETER INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for Sight Thermo Combo kits TK/TP and LTSK/LTSP):

1. Apply about three layers of teflon tape to the end of the threads of the thermometer clockwise if the dial is facing away from you.

2. Thread it into the end of the tee fitting by hand until it gets snug, then switch to an adjustable or box wrench on the hex of the thermometer (it is not recommended to use pliers or pipe wrench with "teeth"). Since you'd like to have the thermometer's face remain upright for aesthetic reasons, try to anticipate when the threads will become too tight to turn for another bit of rotation. We've found that once 1/2" NPT threads become too tight to turn by hand that you will get about one more full rotation more with a wrench. With appropriate application of teflon tape, the thermometer does not have to be tightened to maximum wrench torque in order to be leak free. This is a low pressure connection.

3. If you find that the thermometer is not upright when you've reached a "tight enough" state, decide whether the face will become upright with a small amount of clockwise rotation. If so, try getting it upright with the wrench. You will be able to apply much more torque by removing the kit from the vessel temporarily and holding the tee fitting with a pipe wrench or even holding it down on a flat surface and placing your knee on the fitting. Please don't overdo it. If you can't quite get the face upright, it's best to back off, remove the thermo, reapply the teflon tape and reinstalling STOPPING at the upright location that is a little looser.
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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 ! August 12, 2017
Reviewer: Jay from New Bedford, MA United States  
High quality. Easy to install. Gallon mark stickers are a nice touch and easy to apply. Thermometer is worth the extra money

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5 of 5 Awesome customer service. January 5, 2016
Reviewer: Justin Marshall from Fairfield, CA United States  
I received my kit with a missing part and I emailed brew hardware on New Year's Eve and Bobby got back to me the very next day with a tracking number. Very pleased with this kind of service.

Thanks Bobby!

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5 of 5 Great customer service! November 22, 2015
Reviewer: Jason Weatherford from Montgomery, AL United States  
I had a question about install and Bobby was quick to respond!  Great product and is a great addition to my keggle!

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