samc, thanks for the suggestion.
It will take awhile before I can brave crosstown traffic and make it over to FCPI, but that does sound like the way to go. $$$ is ok as long as it works correctly. Sounds like I might learn something while over there as well.
Some things I do not own: hydrometer, wort chiller.
Some things I do own: 2 stainless steel conical fermenters, stainless brewpot with welded ports for ball valve and thermometer, refractometer.