Well thanks to google ads at homebrewtalk, I just placed an order for a new boil/hlt kettle for new automated setup. I was able to pickup a Bayou Classic 82qt stainless for $120 shipped. Saved 10% with banner ad
Now comes the question of modifying. In the past I have used silver solder and couplings. I like the low cost and simplicity, but I've never done with pretty new kettles. I will be using a 50ft SS Immersion chiller as HERMs, thanks to a great deal from StainlessBrewing. I am using immersion as I have issues cleaning my perm HERMs keggle. It will also limit the amount of holes needed.
I will only need the following holes:
1x 1" Heating Element
- Likely use Habor Freight punch for weldless
- Would need 1 1/2" for coupler in order to solder. I want to the clean setup of a punch and a large greenlee is expensive
2x 1/2" Output / Whirlpoo Input
- Plan on buying 13/16 punch which I believe will work with dimple tool and weldless
Just don't know if I want to commit to soldered fittings in the new shinny pot. Just want to get everyone's input.