I plan on switching to all grain soon, but I'd like to get a little mash experience in beforehand. Being too cheap/lazy buy and build a mini MLT a month before I build a bigger one, I think this should work.
-16q box cooler (modifying not an option)
-Large pasta colander
-Sturdy metal bowl
1. Use boil kettle to prepare strike water, add 2-3#s of grain to the cooler and mash away.
2. Prepare hot water in different kettle while the grain does its thing.
3. Place colander on top of metal bowl inside the boil kettle.
4. Use hot water to sparge.
5. Continue with brew as normal.
From my severely limited knowledge of (mini) mashing, this seems like it would be effective. Any glaring oversights I've missed or possible improvements to be made?
I can't wait to move up to the real deal. Stupid bank account.
edit: whoops, meant to put this in general techniques.