I just use a #10 drilled stopper and an airlock for fermenting. When I need to rack into the kegs I switch that out with the Brewers Hardware kit. I also added a Bazooka screen on the SS racking cane that acts like a coarse filter. The Brewers Hardware is great but I just dont see a need for it when you are fermenting...but it makes racking a breeze. The rest of my process is almost exactly like Maida's.