I'm looking to upgrade my equipment. Right now I have some shelves I use for my HLT, 10gal stainless, on a cheap turkey fryer burner. But it works well. That gravity feeds into my converted 48qt cooler and that gravity feeds into my 15gal aluminum boil kettle. I use a blichmann burner with legs for that.
I also have a aeration kit, stir plate, chest freezer with temp controller for lagers, 6 tap kegerator, refractometer, immersion chiller, several carboys and one plastic conical fermenter and other miscellaneous items.
My wife is very supportive of my hobby and said I could spend as much as $3500 upgrading my equipment. We've talked about potentially turning this into a business someday and have several resources available to help with that but if that were to ever happen it's a long ways off.
I brew 5 gallon batches as I like variety. Now that I have 6 taps on my kegerator I may also start brewing some 10 gallon batches.
So what i'm thinking about doing is keeping my HLT kettle and burner and still gravity feeding that into a mash tun and adding a 15gal blichmann boilermaker w/false bottom and auto sparge.
15gal blickmann boilermaker for my boil pot.
Another blichmann burner with legs for mash tun.
Blichmann tower of power with one controller(I like the automation and control, I'd also get the computer connection cable and software for this)
Blichmann hop rocket, plate chiller and pump to move wort through that.
I'm thinking about a grain mill so I can get the exact milling I want and for consistancy.
Bunch of tubing and fittings.
Overall i'm looking for easier brew days, better results and repeatability. Also a better ability to do stepped mashes. I'd like to be able to get closer to what the pros do at their facilities.
I'm open to suggestions. Thanks in advance!