The first thing I invested in was the quick disconnects (QDs from here on out) and high-temp tubing. The QDs are sold in 2 pieces, male and female connections. They are simple enough to install, assuming that all your sizes are compatible. Since everything was 1/2", I was golden. Funny how things like that work when you plan ahead. Anyways, I just slipped the barb from the female QD into the hose and clamped it on with a screw clamp. Simple as that.
I got three hoses, so six female connections. All it took was a screw driver. I got a few male connections which will be attached to mash tun, boil kettle, and the pump. There are a couple of them down below.
|High temp hoses with QDs installed.|
|Male QD with female NPT|
But... it turns out I forgot about the ball valve on my pump, so I needed to do a quick order of 1) the ball valve for my pump and 2) a stainless connector from the valve to the female end of a male QD. A simple stainless steel 1/2" nipple does that.
|Ball valve with QD installed.|
|Completed ball valve.|
The tape itself was $1.06 from Home Depot, so it isn't a huge investment. The QDs and valves I ordered from bargainfittings.com. They are great. They have everything I needed, it is all organized, cheaper prices than anywhere else online, and it shipped quickly. I could not have been happier with their service and selection. If you are in the market for any connections for your setup, check them out.
My next step will be to install the ball valve on my kettle, which will take a whole post in itself. Looking forward to that one, aren't you? For now, I have some valves and hoses hanging out in our dining room. I should probably move those.
Until next time.