I was thinking after more reading and questions on these wonderful forums that I would try with a half batch with my existing equipment.
I have a 4.5 gal pot and a 3 gal pot (that also has deep strainer and shallow steamer) link to 3 gal pot
Based on the recipe here
, (10.67lbs of grain) I was thinking of mashing with the paint strainer in the deep basket of the 3 gal pot in 1.5 gal of water. Then lift the deep strainer out, place the shallow strainer in, put the deep strainer on top of that and sparge with the 2.5 gallons from the 4.5 gallon pot and then dump the wort back into the 4.5 gallon pot and boil. Will that work or am I over-complicating this? Should I just use the shallow steamer to sparge and forget the deep strainer all together?
Do I still need rice hulls with BIAB or is there no concept of a "stuck sparge" with BIAB? I assume it wouldn't hurt to use them regardless.
lastly is it ok to ferment this in a 6.5 gal bucket or should I seek out one of those mystical icing buckets people talk about?