Everyone has been so helpful on this site. I've learned so much since I started. So I've done about 12 partials, 3 all-grains and I'm totally hooked on brewing.
I was having one of my oatmeal stouts last night and I just sat there thinking "damn, I would definitely pay $4 for one of these in a pub. It's a great feeling isn't it?? I'm totally hooked but it puts me in a dilemma.
How did you figure out what the best setup would be for your situation? I want to "Go Big" with my system but not insane. Right now, I'm doing All-grain batches with a single turkey fryer, and the Zapap lauter tun. So obviously, I have some improvements to make to my system.
What I'm realizing though is that you can waste A LOT of money doing small upgrades to your setup and then making another addition only weeks later that turns out you could have bought and saved money in the first place. Am I making sense?
I'm looking to build a semi-permanent system that I can use for a long time without making adjustments but there are so many variables, I'm wondering how you would evaluate making this decision if you had to do it all over again?
I do have limited resources (like most of us) but I would like a solid brewing setup. Even if I have to keep using the equipment I have now for current brews, and I just add one piece of equipment on at a time towards my ultimate setup. I just don't want to purchase anymore equipment that becomes obsolete for my purposes.
Guidance on how to narrow down the most cost effective, best all-grain setups???