So ever since last weekend (my first real up-close experience using a march pump/plate chiller setup), I've been enamored with this whole process. I've been messing around on various OHBS's, but I haven't really found anyone who seems to have everything
I need under one roof. Morebeer comes close, but they don't have those plastic MPT-barbed fittings that I'd use to attach the silicon tubing to the pump. That, and their brazed plate chiller is $20 more expensive than the shirron at AHS, so I'm thinking it might be cheaper to just get the pump
(which is also cheaper at AHS) and the chiller
So, questions, questions, questions.....
First off, I have a big, thick-walled 15 gallon aluminum kettle that I use for my boils. I was thinking that I could just get one of these weldless spigot kits
. Then, I could get an MPT compression fitting
for the back of it and this double bazooka screen
. Then, I get some 1/2" silicone tubing, go from the barbed spigot to the 1/2" NPT coupling on the pump, then same thing out of the pump, then perhaps I could just spend the extra $20 on the blichmann quick disconnects at the wort in/wort out connections on the plate chiller.
Question #1, does this all sound like it'd work, and question two...
I also have this big 50L stainless kettle/tun that already has a welded bulkhead:
It came with this little spigot on it, but I'd want to replace that with one of the bigger, nicer ones.
So, is that a better idea than going weldless on my AL kettle? If so, where do I find these kinds of spigots:
But without the weldless bulkhead, so's I can just screw it into the existing bulkhead. And, in that case, how do I attach the bazooka screen to the inside, as I'm guessing the weldless bulkhead setup is the piece that 1/2" MPT coupling attaches to, and not the spigot itself.
So, yeah, kinda long, but I haven't dealt with this part of the equipment arena much, and so any advice would be greatly appreciated.