Originally Posted by stlbeer
You have to heat water for strike and sparge so you need a kettle for that.
You need to boil the wort - you can use the same kettle as you did for your water.
Heat water to strike temp
Gravity feed strike water to MLT (Cooler tun)
Heat water for sparge
Gravity drain wort into a bucket
Gravity drain sparge water into MLT
Dump first runnings into kettle (now a BK). Start heating.
Gravity drain second runnings into a bucket and add to first runnings.
Did this for 4 years before I had a pump. I used propane then. So you'll have to have 1 eKettle up and running. This way you can delay the 2nd PID. Do you have heating elements yet? Contactors? Wire?
as you can see in the pics, i have a 2 tier system. the bk and hlt already have heating elements installed. I can't fit a 3 tier system in my basement, so that is out. so essentially i have the hlt on the bottom left, the mash tun above that, and the bk to the right of the hlt. so i can still use gravity to drain my wort out of the mash tun.