The help I need is in reference to the new pots I just bought. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pretty-stephanie-models-new-brew-pots-28602/
They are 25 gallon pots.
I talked to one of the welders at work, and for the price of a bottle of amber rum he will weld flat pieces of aluminum onto the body for me so I can attach various sundry faucet, hoses, etc.
I have yet to do my first AG but it's coming very soon. I need your experience.
I will get him to weld plates on the inside and out (watertight of course) to accomodate ball valves on each. The boil kettle will have just the ball valve, but the mash/lauter kettle I would put another two plates, one for a sight tube, and one for a thermometer. I'm having him put the plates on to provide more meat for the hardware to hold on to. Aluminum is fairly soft and I want these kettles to last.
I need to know if my plan is good, lacking, or could use some tweaking. I'd also like to know how high each plate should be welded. At present, I'm planning on putting everything as low as possible because a single gallon of water raises the level in the kettle less than an inch.
Please excuse my lack of research here. This is coming on me FAST! This is all going to happen tomorrow, so I need some input now. I know I should have posted earlier, but I was anxious to rack from secondary to kegs so I'd have something to drink this weekend. Now I'm panicking.
This guy is a pro and very good at what he does, but at the same time I don't want to push the limits of what a bottle of rum can do.
Thanks to all who can help.