Originally Posted by JLem
I use a separate pot for the mash and keep the temp steady by placing the mash in a preheated oven. I then strain the grains using a small mesh colander) -
That's exactly what I've been doing and it works well. I upgraded to a 5-gallon igloo cooler so I can do more grain and less extract. Basically using as much grain as I have capacity to boil the runoff from. My next batch I just picked up ingredients for, I'm down to only 4 lbs of extract rather than the 7 I've used in the last few. I think I can get that even lower, just need to experiment and see how my boil going on this one.
It's a great technique to advance your brewing when you're still not quite ready to move on to PM. You get to go through a lot of the motions of all-grain brewing on a smaller scale so you learn a lot about the process before you make the leap to AG.