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3D Printed 6ml Measuring Cup for Measuring Star San

3D Printed Measuring Cup for Star San

I recently got an XYZprinting Da Vinci 3D Printer.  I think 3D Printing has a bunch of possible applications for homebrewing.  From tap handles to stir plates to… custom sized measuring cups and on and on.

I stumbled across these customizable measuring cups by wstein on thingiverse.  The author provides files for several sizes of cups and also includes the ability to customize these to the specific size you’re looking for.  See below for links to both the original STL files and a customized 6 ml version.  I thought this would be handy to create a purpose sized measuring cup for Star San.

First, some background… I use the Spray Bottle Method for sanitizing.  With that technique you measure out 6 mls of Star San and combine with 1 Gallon of water.  Then you use a Spray Bottle to soak and sanitize surfaces.  Check out of full description of the method including math for the 6 mls.

On to the measuring cup…

75per_img_7413Printing on my XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

3D Printing HomebrewingCompleted 6 ml measuring cup.  This is small and didn’t take long to print.  I didn’t record the exact time, but maybe… 20 minutes or so.

Measuring SyringeHere’s the measuring cup next to a 12 cc Syringe

6 ml measuring cupHere is a picture of 6 mls in the cup.  I’d say it’s pretty close.

3D Printed Measuring Cup for Star SanThe cup affixes nicely on the side of a bottle of PBW using a rubber band.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer – Filament

Spray Bottle Sanitation Method

Customizable Measuring Cup/Scoop by wstein

6 ml version created using Customizer also attributed to wstein

Rubbermaid 32oz Heavy-Duty Spray Bottle

32 Oz Star San Sanitizer

Related: 3D Printed Pub Style Tap Handle

I’d like to come up with a two ended measuring spoon.  One side would be 6 ml for Star San and the other side one ounce for both Star San and PBW.  The 6 ml side would just be for Star San where the one could be used for either Star San or PBW.  Dosing for Star San = 1 ounce per 5 gallons and dosing for PBW = 1 to 3 ounces per gallon.  If you are a design whiz and come up with such a thing, Email Us, and I’ll share your file.  Otherwise, this will have to wait for me to learn Solidworks.

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Pyrex Three Piece Measuring Cup Set

Pyrex 1118990 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set, Clear1, 2, and 4 Cup Measuring Cups from Pyrex.  See through for easy measuring.  Pre-heated oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe.  Made in the USA.

Pyrex 1118990 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set, Clear

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Digital Caliper

iGaging ABSOLUTE ORIGIN 0-6" Digital Electronic Caliper - IP54 Protection / Extreme Accuracy

Features:

  • Resolution: 0.0005″/0.01mm; Accuracy: 0.001″ / 0.02mm; Range: 6″/150mm
  • IP54 protection: Water drop and dust resistant
  • USB cable available separately.
  • Meets DIN Standard 862; ISO certified manufacturing
  • 2 Years warranty

I use a caliper around my brewery to… measure things. :)  tubing sizes, inside of fittings, trying to figure oring sizes and more.

iGaging ABSOLUTE ORIGIN 0-6″ Digital Electronic Caliper – IP54 Protection / Extreme Accuracy

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Hands On: Gemco 4 Oz Measuring and Tasting Glass

I use several of these puppies around my brewery and more.  I’ve used them for general measuring and as beer taster glasses.  I’ve also used them for espresso shots in coordination with my Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine.

Front/Logo

Ounce Measurements

Teaspoon Measurements

Tablespoon Measurements

Milliliter Measurements

Sometimes these sorts of measuring devices are to be considered… ballpark.  This photo shows 29.5 grams of water.  29.57 grams equals one fluid ounce of water.  Within the limitations of this scale – Fast Weight MS-500-BLK – (1/10th gram)… this measuring glass is right on.

29.5 Grams of Water

Using this as a taster glass to try some tasty Kiwi IPA

Purchase DateAs this update – 12/10/2014 – I’ve used these for just over 1 year.  They are still working great and look like new…

Beer TastersYou can see a couple up to date pictures in my recent review of RiteBrew’s Sampler Paddle.  These glasses fit great in that paddle.

One problem that any glass can have is markings washing off.  I haven’t had that problem (for over a year now) and I’ve put these guys through some arguably rough treatment.  As mentioned previously, one of the things I use these for is espresso.  When used for that, these get near boiling liquid poured in them.  The measurement marks still look like new.  I will say that I’ve never put these in my dishwasher. These are rugged, accurate and versatile measuring glasses. Fox Run Mini Measuring Glass, 4-Ounce

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Anchor Hocking 5 Ounce Measuring and Tasting Glass

I have four of these.  They are meant for, well… measuring.  At 5 ounces, they also pull double duty as tasting glasses.  These have been durable for me.  For example, I regularly use mine for espresso shots from my Rancilio Silvia.  Those shots come out at close to boiling and the measurements on the side look like new.  I will say that I always hand wash these.

Anchor Hocking 5-Ounce Measuring Glass, Small

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1 Quart Rubbermaid Commercial Measuring Pitcher


The 1 Quart Version of our Top Find 1 Gallon Brew Day PitcherReview

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321600CLR 1-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup

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Emsa Perfect Beaker


I own this.  It’s a nice quality, versatile measuring beaker.  Check out my Hands on Review.  It’s worth noting that this offering does not include the lid that I mention in my review.

Emsa Perfect Beaker 

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