I've been brewing for about 6 months with extract, at a somewhat frenetic pace... I'm on batch 18 or so by all counts. I've been reading up on AG brewing for the past 3 months, and have been really looking forward to switching - the level of control over the process and the grain selection seems so much more thorough than what I'm restricted to now.
I went back and forth with ordering a "ready to go" kit from various vendors. From converted igloo coolers to a Sabco (I'm 7 miles from DFH - you see it on display in the tasting room)... nothing really said "this is how you should do it" until I came across theelectricbrewery.com...
I have to admit that I really like brewing in the garage - it's big, has concrete floors, access to water and is where all my equipment is. Plus there's the 8-tap keezer I built; that always helps.
The problem with brewing using propane is proper ventilation and the fact that having to run out and get propane sucks.
We took full advantage of the federal and state tax credits a few years ago and had an arrays totaling 79 solar panels installed all over the roof - so electric power is dirt cheap and readily available. I'm also a tinkerer by nature - I've owned a soldering iron since grade school and am more than comfortable working with it... so I drank the kool-aid and ordered a kit and all the other parts needed.
A bunch of the fittings, the pumps and the two other Boilermakers showed up on Friday. With any luck, the panel kit will be here in a week or two, and then the real fun starts. I'm hoping to have it all together by the end of January, but we'll see.
I'll start drilling holes in the shiny stainless kettles tomorrow...