Originally Posted by CA_Mouse
You asked what you can do to ease into All Grain. You never mentioned anything about a goal of a HERMS system. You asked for opinions and options and several people offered you similar opinions and options. If you knew that you were going to build a HERMS system, why did you even bother asking for a way to ease into All Grain? Next time you want opinions or options, just be upfront and say that you have a goal already. You basically wasted all the time and effort everyone of us spent trying to help you 'ease into all grain'.
My apologies, after rereading I did leave out pertinent info and apologize for wasting your time giving me options/opinions. So let me try and lay out some goals/restrictions/info and again, my apologies to everyone.
1) I can't afford more than one big kettle right now.
2) I have access to a lot of parts such as stainless fittings (tri clover as well), welder, rtd's, temp controllers, etc.. being that I work in a food plant that already uses a lot of these things.
3) I don't want to buy anything that I will not be able to use once I make it to 5g all grain.
4) This system will require hose changing and be pretty manual but have the beginnings of an automated setup with the possibility of having an electric element and pid to help maintain mash temps. I can use my gas burner to boil if needed.
So with that said, I will be getting a 10g kettle (probably be my Christmas). I can justify spending the little bit to make a MT out of an igloo, although I will engineer everything in th MT as to not put any new holes in it so it can still be used for other purposes in the future. As for the other stuff I will have to purchase, I can buy a little as I go. As of right now, I know I will need one pump and some stainless tubing for the coil.
Please keep in mind that I am still researching HERMS, electric and automated systems so if this doesn't seem like it is possible or a waste of your time helping then I am sorry. I am also trying to get this done with little to no sleep while raising a 7 month old baby girl!