So I am collecting some stuff to make the jump to all grain. I am trying to do it on the cheap for now so I can see if it will work out for me. My pops had an old stainless steel table/bench behind his shop, so I snagged it and threw a piece of ply wood on top for now. Im going to cover it in linoleum or something more water proof. I also used some conduit I had to make a frame to hold my burner. I was thinking that It could be low, out of the wind and also will allow gravity draining from the MLT into the boil pot. I also got a freebie cooler but more on that in a minute. Im picking up another burner and 30qt pot with a drain to use for heating sparge water. That I will mount up on the top so it can drain into the MLT. I need to put it on wheels so I can move it easier and add a rack for holding the propane tank. My boil pot is one my granddad built. Its all stainless and is pretty damn big. Im not sure how big but the pot next to it is 8 gallons. I also got a free air tank, its rated for 4500lbs so if I fill it once, it should be good forever. I was going to set it up to aerate my wort.
I have a few questions though. The cooler I got has a drain, but its not the type that has the channel for no tilt draining so the drains about a half inch off the bottom. This is my question.
Can you tilt a MLT to help draining? If I tilt it I can drain all but a 1/4 gallon of the water in the cooler. If I have to leave it flat then I will lose a little over a half gallon. So after spargeing that will be 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon I wouldnt be able to get.
I am going to end up getting a different cooler eventually, or building one from a keg, but for now what should I do.