tally- I'm going to use my 10 gallon cooler. I want to mash in the keggle so that I can direct fire, heating the mash through steps and intermittently to keep temps stable during steps. I like the idea of recirculating for most of the mash to create clear wort.
3BB001- One pump was a crucial part of my "keep this project cost off of SWMBO's radar" plan. I intend to shut the heat and recirc off of the mash tun for a couple minutes, just long enough to move the water, and then resume. It will take less than 5 min and so the mash should remain stable enough. I plan to outfit the brewery with camlocks and the distance from the MLT valve and the BK valve is the same. Its a matter of flipping the hose fro mthe MLT to the BK, disconnect the recirc hose, plugging it into the HLT, repriming and pumping. I am a fan of no-sparge brewing anyhow, so I won't sparge most beers below 1.055.
Does anyone with more experience with the March 815 know if it can fill a ten gallon cooler 3.5' above the pump from the bottom up? Will I have to install a fitting on the top of the cooler so the pump won't have to push against the weight of the water as the cooler fills?