Originally Posted by tophmck
One thought for the HLT and boil kettle is that you can use the same coupler for both the sight gauges and the temperature probes -- you just use the kit with the tee, here
You say you're going to mount the whirlpool arm at the highest point in the boil kettle. I'd go lower than that, since you don't want to unintentionally aerate the wort before it's chilled. (I'd take the smallest post-boil volume you intend to do and go just below that.)
If you want a side pickup, I believe you can just flip around the the tube in the compression fitting, if that makes sense.
The probes I got with my PID are pretty short, so I got the half coupler so they would be sensing in the kettle instead of in the fitting. They're also M8x1.0 threads, so I have to make my own fitting out of a plug (drill and tap a hole).
I like the idea of putting the whirlpool fitting at the 5gal height, thanks.
Should I do a side pickup? I am inherently going to be whirpooling every batch as I will be recirculating through the HERMS coil with the HLT filled with ice water until I reach pitching temp, then I am going to pump the cooled wort into the carboy. If a side pickup is the way to go, how high off the bottom of the keggle should I shoot for? I dont want too much loss.