I'm planning a 10 liters setup for tests purposes and small batches of special beers.
I got a 10 Gals set up that need to be rebuilt but it will wait a bit.
The 10 gals setup was a flat setup with 2 kegs, 2 pumps, 1 Igloo cooler.
I was doing fly sparging and was heating with 55 000 BTU LPG burners.
I had a Herms module but I blew it up just before moving from europe.
What I got so far: 16 qt, 12 qt and 9 qt stainless pots, pump, stainless nipples, ball valves and small bits
I'm a bit stuck on mash tun setup and heating...
I think I'll go with batch sparging as it's easy and works fine.
I want to go with a herms module that I could use for this set and it's big brother.
The stepping process will be automated, and I really need stepping temp for some malts I use.
I was thinking of a simple return and a motorized paddle to go with batch sparging, but I need some advice.
Will it be enough to recirculate the wort or should it be mashed with a paddle ?
I was thinking about using a round insulated cooler as mash tun with a stainless braid. I saw a nice one at Canadian Tire. But I can do one myself with a pot and insulation.
About heating, I'm not decided. Will it be electric or gas ?
As I will already be using electricity with the herms, I'd be tempted to go all electric but I'm not used to it and for that capacity I hope I'll find small low density elements to boil the wort.
Last thing, I plan to use one pump only, so I'm thinking about a 2 tier.
Any comment or advice is welcomed.
Btw, have you good online shops in Canada for heater elements ?