Stainless compression fittings are ridiculously expensive retail. The cheapest I've seen so far is Stainless Steel Fittings but the one for 5/8" tube like rigid 1/2" copper pipe is $25.I see you've put that thing through 2 batches now. Nice. I really think the 3d shape must be helping.
Do you know a mcmaster part # for the stainless compression fittings? I can;t find them at my local hardware stores.
It has occurred to me that with this setup air will be able to enter the screen if the flow through the screen got slowed down that much. In that case I'd need something to keep the thing from trying to float and I'd just rely on gravity to push the wort through the screen. We shall see. Hopefully with this much area of mesh it won't be a problem, but I might want to consider switching from pellet to plug or whole.I'm making one of these (mostly done) except that since I don't have a ported kettle and I use a copper "wand" to suck up the wort, I'm making mine from a 24"x24" sheet, and the smallest face will sit flat on the bottom of the kettle with the pointy end sticking up out of the pot. Tons of area, and it eliminates the need for the hose clamp.
Looking forward to hearing this. I've never used anything but pellets, although I might be willing to switch.Hopefully I can give everyone an update soon on how the screen works with hop pellets, I still have about 6 oz. worth. I'm hoping it goes well, this thing is going to have a lot of surface area.