Instead, we finished our brew kettle repairs/modifications and have an almost, nearly, totally, functional system. I think we need some more silicone hose to operate the heat exchanger, (oh, and another pump would be nice).
So, no, we didn't use our $600 water boiling pot. We never even lit the burners, but we should have....it was chilly out in the garage while working on the kettles.
On the bright side, I kegged my first beer, and my impression is that it is a 20 minute endeavor...if I get the keggerator done correctly, I may never cap another bottle ever again....actually, that is not true. I am certain that I will elect to bottle some special or aged beers.
Today, and lately, I have been wishing that I spent more time in high school in the industrial arts wing. Yes, my high school had a whole area devoted to the trades. I was down there for photography classes (a lot of good that does me). I am wishing I took metal shop and welding, and woodwoorking....of course, I still have all of my fingers, and am not sure that would be the case if I did. Why in the hell did I take 4 literature classes?