I'm starting to think about my brew stand. I told myself I would wait, but pouring all this hot strike and sparge water from vessel to vessel is just unsafe. And I really want to minimize lifting, at least hot stuff.
Ultimately I would like to have a single-tier electric herms or rims system. That is way down the road, but something to keep in mind as I buy parts.
What I'm thinking is outlined below, but want to hear your thoughts on how well you think this would work (indefinitely or for a few years). You know, lessons learned and stuff.
The equipment would be:
1 keggle for the boil kettle (have, but no valve).
1 cooler for the mash tun (have).
1 cooler for a hlt (do not have).
1 pump (do not have).
The boil kettle would sit on the burner on the ground, allowing a gravity feed from the 2nd tier. The 2nd tier would be flat, holding both coolers.
Would have to build the 2nd tier, most likely out of wood.
1. Heat strike water in boil kettle (a keggle)
2. Pump strike water into the mash tun (a cooler)
3. Pour in grains, start mash
4. Meanwhile, heat sparge water in boil kettle
5. Once heated, pump sparge water into the hlt (a second cooler). Cover.
6. At the end of the mash, gravity drain the mash tun into the now empty boil kettle
7. Once complete, pump the sparge water from the cooler hlt into the cooler mash tun
8. Gravity drain the mash tun into the boil kettle to reach desired volume
10. Cool with immersion chiller and use pump to whirlpool (Jamil style)
11. Pump the cooled wort into the fermentor