Figured I would show off a few of my upgrades I've done to move from Extract first batch to all Grain.
STC-1000 - Gotta get a heating pad today to actually use it, right now it is acting as a fancy digital thermometer. Keeping my eye out for some fridge to build a fermentation chamber with.
Stir Plate: $6.50 total invested including $4 for the stir bar at this point. Lego made a simple sturdy base. Flowervase instead of flask.
Mash Tun - Should have just bought the fittings from Bargainfittings, but when I finally decided to brew, it was going to be the next day, so I got brass TEE, Nipple, and Valve, plus fender washers and Plastic hose-barb ebows. already had the SS Braided supply hose. Not pictured was a AstroFoil cover I made for the cooler - temps dropped from 150.3 to 149.5 during 1 hour mash. I'm thrilled with everything so far.
Everything working great, just finished my 1st AG Brew (2nd overall brew) and Hopville is reporting 76% efficiency on my batch. OG was right on the mark with where I want it - Now I'm just hoping it attenuates down to where I want it to go (1.008-1.015). http://hopville.com/recipe/1675745