Do you guys think if I were to put a similar filter on the recirculating dip tube it would prevent it from really creating a whirlpool??
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Bargain fittings has a nice copper pickup tube.
You can get everything you need from them. Bulk head kit, and add a SS ball-valve for $11 (only $5 more than their brass valve) Then the pickup tube will just screw into the coupling on the inside of the kettle.
Don't be afraid of drilling. Just get a step bit, go slow and use some kind of oil/lubricant.
I'm definitely not afraid of drilling. It's a paranoid fear of not sealing that I get hung up on.
I tend to over think on things like this.
Thanks for the encouragement!!! I'd love to stop siphoning.
I'm getting ready to bottle my first batch, I'm just going to leave it in the carboy for a few more days. From what I understand, cold crashing helps clear up the beer by causing some particles that are still in suspension to drop to the bottom.
If I'm relying on bottle conditioning for carbonation, then will cold-crashing the beer cause some of the yeast still in suspension to drop and result in less effective carbonation in my bottles?
Are you bottling out of the primary fermenter or secondary? You should still get plenty of yeast or try to suck up a little of the yeast-cake when transferring to the bottling bucket after cold crashing.
Carbonating in the bottle always leaves a bit of sediment. There's nothing wrong with that except you need to pour it in glasses before drinking. Kinda defeats the concept of cold crashing.
Looks great. You might need some more frozen water bottles when you have something actively fermenting in there, but there's only one way to find out . . .