Originally Posted by doornumber3
thanks groundchuck. I guess my issue with doing the 3 tier is that is pouring the hot water into the HLT etc....do you find it a pain to heat the water pour it up top etc....?
I'm debating about just getting a 10 gallon cooler and turning it into mash tun. In a few years I can see myself wanting a big system with 3 burners and pumps etc.... I might just batch sparge for a year or so.
Ya I was initially worried about getting hot water "all the way to the top" but then I figured out that even when the HLT is full (hot water, cold water, whatever) it's very easy for two people to lift from the ground to the top tier. SO ..... all I do it heat my water on the stove in a couple five gallon pots. Then we pour the hot water into the HLT cooler while its on the ground (in the kitchen actually). Then my brother and I easily lift it up to the top (we normally brew together a 10 gallon batch and split it 5 each). However I am sure my wife could help lift it up if needed. If you look at the stand you'll see that I a made it as short as possible to keep the upper tier pretty low (and safe in my mind).
I also may move up in equipment set up (complexity) in the future but I see so many people use the gravity set ups that I figured if I ever wanted to I could always sell the coolers to others and just make small changes to my set up and slowly switch over. Also the stand that I built was pretty cheap too. At the end of the day most of the stuff would go pretty easily on Craigslist if/when I change my system around.
I put the dimensions for my stand in this thread