I have been brewing on and off for quite a few years and am currently doing partial mash, but my quality is not always consistent. My plan is to start doing 2.5 gal batches so that I can brew more often to 1) have more variety and 2) work on my consistency.
In addition I want to make the step to all grain and that is where I have questions.
1) since I plan to do 2.5 gal batches for the foreseeable future I have 2 options for mash tun either using a 4 gal pot and making a direct fired tun or converting a heavy duty caterers 10 gal beverage cooler.
I already own both of these items so that is not an issue, I am just torn because with the pot I have the option of step mashing but with the cooler I can make 5 gal batches if I choose to.
2) When I convert either option to a mash tun what is the best pickup device? I am considering stainless braid vs fashioning a copper manifold. I don't care much about squeezing every last gravity point out of my grains, I am quite happy to spend an extra buck or 2 but I also want the best wort possible.
Sorry this is kind of a long post but I am trying to give all the info I have
thanks for the advice