Originally Posted by jds
I think you have a really nice start there. You'll be fine tilting up the back end of the cooler to drain it.
How do you plan to transfer wort from the boiler to the fermenter? Do you have a pump, or will you lift-and-siphon?
For now I will only be doing 5 gallon batches, so while its not going to be light, I will lift it up and siphon it down. after reading a bit I am scrapping the air tank aeration idea and going to use a racking cain with a modified tube to aerate. Its not ideal since I have a bad back anyway, but I am in the design/collecting parts phase for a hybrid herms system. I got 2 kegs today and am getting another as well as a 6th barrel that will be used as my boil kettle and heat exchanger. Its going to take me a bit to put it all together as money permits, but It should be cool once its all together.
Right now my plan is to have a 1500 or 2000 watt 120v element for the HLT, and a 1500w 120v for the heat exchanger. I am still going to use gas to boil with. I would like to go all electric but I only have 30 amp service to the garage so no 240v for me. I am hoping that it will run the 2 elements with no problem. If it wont, I will have to install a 240 on the outside of the house and then can go all electric.