Apologies in advance if there's been a similar thread.. but I've spent 3 days researching similar topics and have not found the right answer.
I have a bit of dilemma... I live in an apartment so I try to minimize the amount of equipment that I have. So I use a 10G Blichmann boilermaker w/ false bottom as both mash tun and Boil Kettle. I have a direct fire setup.
Needless to say, I got tired of collecting wort and recirculating and trying to keep the temperature constant. I collect the wort in a food grade bucket before transferring to the boilermaker..(Is this safe?)
Option 1: Rubbermaid 10G cooler. (Is it actually 10G or does it mean it's suitable for 10G batch? I'm talking about the one on Northern brewer). With this setup I plan to use my boilermaker as HLT and BK.
Option 2: My boilermaker as a dedicated mash tun as I already have a false bottom and and purchase a 8Gal pot with a ball valve as a HLT and BK.
My concern with this setup is the insulation of the mash tun.
Option 3: that I'm looking at is March pump and setup a direct fire RIMS system..
Bare in mind that my budget is around 200-300... so I would like to get the most out of the money.
Thanks in advance.