Originally Posted by Jeebas
#1 There is one very minor pin sized leak if you look on the last picture of the last post - the full coupling -> street elbow connection - I tightened this as much as it would go, and it still seems to be making bubbles - is there any sort of sealant that anyone would recommend that I put around it? Also, trying to get a wrench to grasp one of those full couplings is darn near impossible.
#2 Realizing that I need thermometers for my first two pots (I mean who cares what exact temp the BK is at as long as its boiling, right?) I was wondering if there was a reason why more people don't use digital thermometers like this - http://www.amazon.com/CDN-DTQ450X-ProAccurate-Quick-Read-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEAG2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340630745&sr=8-1&keywords=digital+meat+thermometer
- with a NPT to probe compresson setup over the dial thermometers. Is it just that folks think the dial thermos look nicer or is there a functional reason?
#3 Any good arguments for or against having a sight gauge on the MLT (as opposed to just the HLT) I was figuring that if I know what I have for strike water in the HLT, and then just transfer that and the I know what I have for sparge water, then I am always gonna know what is going to be in the MLT... but I suppose that doesn't account for liquid being left behind, which leads me to
#4 Dip tubes - all three kettles? I have kettle screens for my MLT and BK so using dip tubes would necessitate a change in that. I could use one easily for the HLT since it has no screen. Or do I just accept some loss of liquid (whether it be water or wort)?
If anyone could help me out with these questions / has any suggestions that would be awesome. Thanks for the time everyone.
#1 I would retighten the connection and use a bunch of pipe dope. I used this stuff without any problems: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100144191/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=thread+sealant&storeId=10051
Are you using pipe wrenches? I never have a problem with them slipping.
#2 Dial thermos are a little more resilient. Most can take higher sustained temps than their plastic counterparts. Personally, I'm going to be using digital on my MT and HLT to be as exact as possible. The alternative is to use all dial thermos to get temps in the ball park, then get the exact reading with a digital.
#3 Some people like to heat the mash water in the MT and the sparge in the HLT at the same time. A sight in the MT will let you measure properly in both vessels. Honestly though, I don't see significant benefits.
#4 Yes, based on your pot design, I'd put dip tubes on everything.