Originally Posted by gunner65
Again Kal, nothing at all against your system it is beautiful but I have a difficult time accepting someone telling another person that the only way to be satisfied is to build a multi-thousand dollar system. It is simply not true.
I re-read this thread I don't see anyone saying that the only way to be happy is to built a multi-thousand dollar setup. Most brewers do not spend that much and most are perfectly happy.
As jusware commented the first thing to do is to figure out how you want to brew (what your criteria are) and then figure out how or if you can do it within the budget you've set. Don't spend $3000 because you have it. Figure out what you want to do and then see if it can be done for $3000. If you can meet your criteria for $500 or $1000 then great! Pocket the rest. You have to weigh out each item as you design the system to decide if the extra expendature is worth it.
Things like deciding if BIAB or multi-vessel is the way you want to go has to be done first before anything else like deciding if you want gas or electric. There are a million other things to decide too... Stainless vs brass vs plastic? If multi-vessel do you go single tier or multi-tier? How do you want to chill? Figure out the process and criteria first.
There's no "right" set of criteria. Everyone will be different. As long as what you build meets your criteria you've succeeded.
Posting your parts list for a single vessel BIAB / single PID box is extremely helpful to the OP to help them decide how he/she wants to go and gives them other options as it shows (as you said) that not everyone needs to spend thousands to meet their particular needs.
Good luck mamerong!