I've been planning this day since last Christmas. It was awesome.
Been doing full boil extract brews for a number of years using a Sabco keggle.
SWMBO got me a MiniBrew MLT for Christmas. I added the MiniBrew HLT, a March pump, and built a stand for the whole shebang. Also bought a Barley Crusher malt mill based on comments read on this forum.
Today I put it to work. Converted my favorite IPA extract recipe to AG.
11.0 lbs American 2-row
1.0 lbs American Caramel 40°L
1.0 lbs American Munich
2.7 oz Dry Light
1.0 oz Chinook (13.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min
1.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
2 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 ea White Labs WLP001 California Ale
According to BeerTools Pro, my efficiency was 70%. I guess that's not too bad for the first time.
Biggest lesson of the day: When you use your electric drill to drive your grain mill, make sure the darn thing is not in reverse. It took me a coupla minutes to figure that one out when I noticed that the grains were passing through the mill without being crushed. Yes, that was pretty embarrassing with my eight year old watching.
Next upgrade: Some method to keep the HLT contents stirred. Temperature stratification in the HLT is pretty significant without stirring.
All in all, a great day. Can't wait to taste this.