Thanks everyone for the comments. I did my first brew on it yesterday and for the most part it worked great. However I do have a lot of tweaking I need to do. I did Ed's haus pale ale and ended up with right under 5 gallons in the fermentor with a 1.61. The bc worked great and the motor had no problem chewing through the grain. I filled the hopper to the very top before turning the motor on. Also, using the herms to chill the wort worked fairly well and the bk whirlpool left a nice little cone in the middle once I was done.