- Great Kettle, Sight Tube Troubles Review by West Seattle Homebrewer
My only problem so far has been with the sight tube assembly. The vertical tube tensioners have a small gasket inside to seal the tube itself in place, and you can adjust via provided hex wrench. After five sessions, the gaskets separated (i.e. fell apart) resulting in leakage around the lower area where the sight tube itself couples with the mounting bracket. Purchased new gaskets from local homebrew supply but while trying to reassemble (while mashing in a smaller kettle (stating this for dramatics, this all happened right at the end of my 60 minute partial mash) I chipped the end of the sight tube and had to scrap using the Boilermaker for today's batch. Frustrating to say the least - first attempt at partial mash thwarted first by gasket failure then hand eye coordination failure. Ended up doing a partial wort boil but everything was okay in the end and she's in the hole.
Threw the chipped sight tube away and ordered two 1/4" stainless steel plugs on which I will place high heat gaskets and fill the two holes previously occupied by the sight tube assembly. No more sight tube for me!
The sight tube is great but is only usable when the wort is not boiling and steady. During the boil, wort bubbles up through the sight tube and shoots out the top port inside the kettle - neat to look at but not sure if any benefit to the brewing process.
Final thought: The sight tube is a bugger to clean as you have to take apart the entire assembly after each session and be super careful not to let the multiple gaskets used in the assembly to shoot out and go down the drain. Also of you have marble or other hard material countertops your sight tube itself will invariably get chipped or otherwise mangled if not extremely careful.
Looking forward to plugging these holes and proceeding with BIAB. (Posted on 9/14/14)
You may also be interested in the following product(s)
As low as: $574.99