Originally Posted by CBBaron
+1 on the software.
I heat my strike and sparge water on my stove using a 20qt canner. It is large enough for all the sparge water for a 5gal batch. If I do a mashout I use a smaller stock pot to bring some water to a boil.
I think a turkey fryer would be an excellent investment for a HLT. Then a stand to make the system 3 tiers becomes the next major upgrade. I don't have room to store the stand and even a second turkey fryer is going to push space but I can dream.
Yeah, I'm already thinking about the best way to use gravity...I have a patio table that I can use for the 'middle level' of a gravity system, but I'm already thinking about a better solution. The short term will probably be a couple of sawhorses from Harbor Freight and some planks from HD.
Regardless, it will be awhile before I have a permanent or semi-permanent 3-tier system. When I brew, I have to schlep all the stuff out of the garage, and put it all back when I'm done.
I was listening to a Brewing Network podcast a few weeks back where Chris from MoreBeer was talking about their 3-tier sculptures, and how nice it is to have everything already set up when you are ready to brew. Just add water, light flame, add grain, and brew. That does sound nice!