It's here! I don't have time to get it setup right now, but below are some photos along with first impressions.
Purpose built box. Very professional.
Lid should have been protected by an additional piece of cardboard, but nothing happened so moving on.
Nice silicone handle on lid. Need to find somebody local to notch it for my chiller.
Accessories were boxed and the box was loose in the kettle. Would have been better to have it secured, but no damage so no biggie.
I got two of the side pickup tubes and two of their nippless ball valves. Valves do not have locks on the handles which for me is a big plus. I know others like to be safe. The nippless design is so smart and I don't understand why somebody didn't do this before.
Side pickup tube is held in place with some type of friction fitting. I am curious as to how long it will keep a leak free siphon.
I had them custom weld the fittings. The bottom left is the out and above that is the whirlpool. The centered is for my thermometer. The bottom is the same position as their standard two port offering, the whirlpool is at about the 4-4.5 gallon level, and the thermometer is at the 3 gallon level. I brew 70% 5gal and 30% 10 gal. I wanted the ports to be best suited for the 5 gallon batches.
Lid rests on the handle with ease.
All of the welds appear to be of top quality. This is why I went with Spike! Gorgeous welds at weldless prices.
Closeup of thermo port
Close up of valve ports
Inside of valve ports
So far I am impressed. It will need a through cleaning before adding the fittings. Hope to take care of that later tonight. I'll post more info and photos as it happens. It's heavy with the tri-clad bottom, so it's not a great choice for electric brewers if weight is a concern.www.SpikeBrewing.com