I am a newbie and am about to get my first ingredient (extract+grain) kit from Northern Brewer. Needless to say I am trying to get my equipment figured out so that when it gets here I can brew right away. Here are a couple of ideas I wanted to toss out to see if they are viable.
I am going to steep the grain/boil the wort with 3gal water in a pot I already have (it has a nonstick coating, is this an issue?). I have purchased a heat exchanger I found on these forums: http://www.dudadiesel.com/choose_item.php?id=he30s
For these type heat exchangers, I am assuming that I will need a pump to send the wort through it, is this correct? I intend to try all grain soon, so I am in the market for a pump anyway.
From the heat exchanger, I was thinking about running the wort through a whole house filter like this:http://products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/Dispatcher?REQUEST=SpecPage&Sku=GXWH40L to filter out the hop pellets, hot/cold break etc.
From there, I am going to use corny kegs as my primary/secondary fermenters (am going to use fermcap-s to try to help control the krausen.
Does this sound legit, or are there any gaping holes in my plan which I need to rethink?
Here is a list of the equip I am thinking about:
Transfer Pump (March, Little Giant, suggestions?)
Heat Exchanger (purchased)
Whole House Filter
(4) Corny Kegs - (suggest ball or pin lock?)
5# CO2 Bottle, Regulator, Hoses
Here is the setup I am looking at for the CO2, regulator,etc: http://www.kegcowboy.com/products-page/homebrew-kegging-kits/homebrew-faucet-kit-with-co2-tank/
Thanks for the help!
Also, one other thing. My dad has three old (as in 60's old) kegs up on a shelf which I can have. Anyone have experience converting these kinds (the fat ones, not the straight sides) into keggles, hlt's. mlt's? Will these work, or should I try to locate some newer ones?
Thanks again. Sorry for being long winded.