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Lee Valley Water Meter

Post by hogie » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:51 pm

Just noticed this in the latest Lee Valley email special...

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This small meter lets you gauge your water consumption accurately.
Threaded onto standard 3/4" faucet or hose fittings, it not only measures the volume of the current watering session in litres or U.S. gallons, but also records cumulative usage (up to 999.9 in either unit), so you can monitor consumption over a longer duration.

You can zero the current-use reading at any time without deleting the cumulative total. Amounts are shown to one decimal place on the digital display.

The unit shuts off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity to preserve battery life, resetting the current-use reading only. Operating on a simple internal paddle wheel, it works with flow pressure up to 80 psi.

Button-cell battery and instructions included. ABS body.
Reasonably priced @ $12.50.

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Post by mr x » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Interesting....
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Post by TimG » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:17 pm

Could this be used for monitoring keg level I wonder? I would think the cummulative could be reset each time you put it on a new keg?

Might be tough getting the beer through this without it causing foaming though..

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Re: Lee Valley Water Meter

Post by CorneliusAlphonse » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:35 pm

Very cool....
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Post by chalmers » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:19 pm

Nice find! Will have to pick one up for some testing.

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Post by gm- » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:42 pm

Just placed an order, hope it is decently accurate. Great for measuring out water for my HLT.

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Post by canuck » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:48 pm

gm- wrote:Just placed an order, hope it is decently accurate. Great for measuring out water for my HLT.
Agreed. Looking forward to getting mine as well!

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Post by hogie » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:22 pm

chalmers wrote:Nice find! Will have to pick one up for some testing.
Can you grab one for me too? X)

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Post by chalmers » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:03 pm

Sure thing. Will try today or on Sat, unsure what time they close.

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Post by LeafMan66_67 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:46 pm

FYI - With Lee Valley, you can order online and pickup in store.
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Post by derek » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:39 pm

gm- wrote:Just placed an order, hope it is decently accurate. Great for measuring out water for my HLT.
I've thought about that - let us know about the accuracy.
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Post by chalmers » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:13 pm

Bought a couple in town: Friday night is the time to hit up Lee Valley, no line! Will do some testing tomorrow. One had your name on it, Hogie. I'll put it in the yeast care package.

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Post by hogie » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:59 am

Sweet! Thanks! When do you think you'll try yours out?

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Post by gm- » Mon May 06, 2013 9:14 pm

Used mine for the first time tonight, accurately measured the volume of my kettle (9 gal), and my measuring bowl (2 liters), so it is very good for measuring out water volumes for your HLT.

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Post by Jayme » Tue May 07, 2013 9:51 am

Awesome! I may have to pick one of these up.
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Post by bluenose » Tue May 07, 2013 2:00 pm

I had a hose bib installed under the sink in the new bathroom and this is awesome... what type of hose should I use for filling up my keggle for BIAB? I remember Hogie talking about how bad an idea a garden hose was
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Post by jeffsmith » Tue May 07, 2013 2:09 pm

You'd be looking for something like an RV drinking water hose, something that's used for potable water. Word of warning, try the water coming out of one of those as well before you commit to using it on brew day. I had a bad experience with an RV hose I bought from Kent and ended up dumping a batch of beer as a result.

If you have a relatively short run from your water source to your brew area, I'd suggest using silicon tubing fitted with a hose fitting. A little pricer per ft. likely, but guaranteed to work.

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Post by canuck » Tue May 07, 2013 2:16 pm

gm- wrote:Used mine for the first time tonight, accurately measured the volume of my kettle (9 gal), and my measuring bowl (2 liters), so it is very good for measuring out water volumes for your HLT.
Yeah, it works really well and totally worth the price!

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Post by bluenose » Tue May 07, 2013 2:19 pm

jeffsmith wrote:You'd be looking for something like an RV drinking water hose, something that's used for potable water. Word of warning, try the water coming out of one of those as well before you commit to using it on brew day. I had a bad experience with an RV hose I bought from Kent and ended up dumping a batch of beer as a result.

If you have a relatively short run from your water source to your brew area, I'd suggest using silicon tubing fitted with a hose fitting. A little pricer per ft. likely, but guaranteed to work.
Cool, I should be pretty close, so I'll go with the silicon :thumbup:
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Re: Lee Valley Water Meter

Post by mr x » Tue May 07, 2013 3:50 pm

For this, you might even go with the thin walled stuff. Much cheaper.
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Post by adams81 » Tue May 07, 2013 3:55 pm

bluenose wrote:I had a hose bib installed under the sink in the new bathroom and this is awesome... what type of hose should I use for filling up my keggle for BIAB? I remember Hogie talking about how bad an idea a garden hose was
Picked up a RV/Marine hose at Princess Auto in hfx based on a suggestion from here. Price was decent and it's advertised as being drinking water safe.

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Post by jeffsmith » Tue May 07, 2013 4:13 pm

adams81 wrote:
bluenose wrote:I had a hose bib installed under the sink in the new bathroom and this is awesome... what type of hose should I use for filling up my keggle for BIAB? I remember Hogie talking about how bad an idea a garden hose was
Picked up a RV/Marine hose at Princess Auto in hfx based on a suggestion from here. Price was decent and it's advertised as being drinking water safe.
Like I said, test it first. The one I bought gave the water a rubbery taste and the beer was in the fermenter before I noticed.

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Post by TimG » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:52 pm

How are folks liking this water meter? Pretty accurate (would like to use it for measuring out mash water)?

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Post by chalmers » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:32 pm

I used it on the last brewday, and am happy with the accuracy. While filling 20+ litres of water, it matched up with the lines at 5, 10, 15, and 20L on my bucket. I also used it to fill a 2L measuring cup, and it was within 0.1L the whole time.

Go for it.

I also used it during the last brew day to measure how much water I was using while cooling the wort in preparation for pitching. It was actually less than I had feared, which made me feel good.

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Re: Lee Valley Water Meter

Post by TimG » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:03 pm

Great! Should really make it easy to fill up the cooler before a hybrid BIAB session.

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