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Weldless Sight Gauge (Stainless) - 11 in.
WL316

Weldless Sight Gauge (Stainless) - 11 in.

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Description

The Fermentap Weldless Sight Gauge features a glass sight gauge encased in a chrome-plated sheath. All metal parts in contact with the beer are 100% stainless steel, and the gasket is a high temp, food-grade material. You will need to drill a 1" hole in your kettle. This sight gauge features our new Fermentap Bulkhead, which is a beefy bulkhead with a full port hole. This means that you can actually upgrade this setup with a thermometer which will thread into the body, allowing you to check temperature and fluid level off the same upgrade!


Features:

  • 11" Sight Gauge is perfect for up to 10 gallon kettles (dependent upon dimensions!).
  • Monitor liquid level visually without opening up your kettle! Extremely useful for HLTs on the top tier of a sculpture.
  • Stainless construction means the product will last for years.
  • Sight Gauge disassembles easily for cleaning.
  • 1/2" FPT on sight gauge base means you can upgrade with a thermometer!
  • Replaces our WL116.
Item # WL316
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 2 LBS
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I'm making my own 1/2 bbl HLT out of an old keg
Riley Y on Sep 7, 2022
features & Price
Kevin Peryea on Mar 1, 2022
I'm making my own 1/2 bbl HLT out of an old keg
Riley Y on Sep 7, 2022
I don't brew beer, but I want a completely stainless/glass sight gauge and spigot for my Berkey water filter!
Nathaniel H on Aug 13, 2022
features & Price
Kevin Peryea on Mar 1, 2022
for a sample kitchen tea brewing station for fast food restaurant
Badger Welding, I on Dec 4, 2021
I bought one before and it works great, need one for a second kettle.
Ken K on Jun 9, 2021
I bought one before and it works great, need one for a second kettle.
Ken K on Jun 9, 2021
looks like it will work.
Lee T on Feb 25, 2021
More Precision in brewing
Matt M on Jun 7, 2020
There's no better way to very accurately determine efficiency and adjust a boil to hit the target OG than with a sight guage
Adrian F on Jun 2, 2018
becauce it will fit my mash tun
curtis g on Apr 17, 2018
Can't see level in pot with current all grain system.
T-dawg on Mar 2, 2018
I don't brew beer, but I want a completely stainless/glass sight gauge and spigot for my Berkey water filter!
Nathaniel H on Aug 13, 2022
for a sample kitchen tea brewing station for fast food restaurant
Badger Welding, I on Dec 4, 2021
Can this site gauge be used with the Brewzilla 35L by replacing the existing ball valve with this unit, then screwing the stock ball valve into the sight glass fitting?
Jeff S on Apr 1, 2020
Stainless - Weldless Sight Gauge (11 in.)
Stainless - Weldless Sight Gauge (11 in.)
Robobrew / BrewZilla All Grain Brewing System | Gen 2 | 35L/9.25G
Robobrew / BrewZilla All Grain Brewing System | Gen 2 | 35L/9.25G
BEST ANSWER: Not without drilling a wider hole. The threading on the bulkhead that comes with the sightglass is wider than the hole that is drilled for the BrewZilla valve. If you don't use the sightglass bulkhead you could unscrew the bulkhead that comes on the valve and use a 1/2" mpt nipple to replace the plug on the sightglass and couple to the back of the ball valve. The sigh glass would practically then be in the middle of the valve.

When using a pump with a sightglass that is in-line with your valve would cause the sight gauge to drop in level and become inaccurate or, at worst, it would cause the pump to suck in air and cavitate or cause extra wear and tear on the unit.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Works well after supplementing with gaskets
I purchased this sight glass for my Berkey water filter, so I could have a stainless steel spigot with a sight glass (seems they just started selling one, but this one is cheaper AND more fun!). After some effort, it's working great.

This assembly includes the bulkhead fitting to cross from inside the tank to outside, and unfortunately, that fitting only includes one silicone gasket. One gasket is not enough to seal a tube from inside a tank to the outside unless the inside flange and the tube through the sidewall are a single unit, and the threaded nut that provides clamping force against the sidewall is on the *outside* of the tank.

This assembly is the reverse: the outside flange is a single unit with the tube, and the clamping nut is on the inside. No amount of tightening will give a reliable seal here*, it'll just ruin the soft silicone gasket. To reliably seal this assembly, gaskets are necessary both inside and outside the sidewall.

Well, I swung by my hardware store and picked through their bins for a while and found two gaskets that would fit (the silicone one was a loss), and now it's working great.

* For those who care, this is because the thread used to clamp to the sidewall is a machine thread, with a nut. It is not a plumbing thread, which cannot be used with a nut and cannot be used to provide clamping force. This all makes good sense, but the effect is that the thread does not seal perfectly: water creeps along the thread between the nut and the tube, happily flows right through the center hole of the gasket, through the sidewall, and right out onto the countertop.

Adding a second gasket on the outside resolves the issue, as the water that makes it through the sidewall is trapped against the outside flange: there is no further thread to sneak along, and the outer gasket seals the escapes along the tank sidewall or along the flange.
Deployed on my Berkey, complete with spigot.
Deployed on my Berkey, complete with spigot.
October 4, 2022
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A perfectly solid sight gauge
This thing has worked beautifully in my kettle. Obviously, it works - it's a glass tube, that's kind of a given. But the construction is solid, I've never had any sort of leak issues, and there's a huge hidden perk - the stopper is 1/2" NPT, so you can toss in a PTD sensor or even just a thermowell if you'd like boil/HLT control. Pretty neat!

Definitely worth the money, it's exactly what you think it is
April 3, 2020
Purchased
over 5 years ago