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.
Yeah I know what you mean. I had a tiny leak in mine when I first drilled it. I just put on more teflon tape and rubber gaskets on both sides of the kettle and it stopped it.
To mention BargainFittings again (I'm not getting paid! just recently bought a bunch of stuff from them).
They have another bulkhead kit that is designed a little differently and is meant to seal up slightly over-sized drill holes. It has a washer soldered onto the nipple and uses a flat gasket on the outside. The standard bulkhead kit uses round gaskets with a locknut.
I recently ordered 4 of these for my system, and none of them have leaked.
It's $5 more than the standard kind, but that's worth it for peace of mind.
You could get this bulk head + SS Ball valve + copper pickup tube for $41..I'm not sure what you're looking to spend, but that's not a bad deal. No more sanitizing the siphon..just hook up a hose to the valve and open it.