got my 1550 in this week and was all ready to brew yesterday. the hlt mash tun probe was a tight fit but went in. the hlt wouldnt go. i heated the thermowell, greased the probe(
), dilated the thermowell and sanded the probe a little. Finally it went in- just far enough to get stuck. when i tried to pull it back out the probe popped off and i had a stroke or something. i got the beer brewed on the old system and in trying to get the probe out it got pushed down in the thermowell. got a long drill-bit and ever so carefully drilled out the probe after trying everything else and - you guessed it- the thermowell tip cracked. no big deal - i can get a patch welded over the thermowell and get a new probe but at that time it felt like the end of the world. wondering if this has happened to anyone else. i drank out of spite before going out with the wife and made it through the first 8 minutes of avatar before passing out and disturbing everyone with snoring.