After making a small step forward using death's counter top partial mash techniques, I am looking for some advice on how to spend my money.
7.5 gallon alum pot
50 ft DIY immersion chiller (3/8")
2 @ 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler (got two for $44 on clearance)
1@ ss false bottom w/ ss ball valve rig will use as MLT (coming from santa)
Keezer w. 3 taps JC temp control
4 @ cornies
2 @ 6 gal BB
2 @ 5 gal BB
a bunch of other stuff not needed for this list
15 gallon ss brew pot (what should I look for)
grain mill (could let LHBS mill for me)
storage for bulk grains (could buy a few batches at a time from LHBS)
scale for weighing out grains and hops
hop stopper or equivalent DIY hop strainer bag
Any advice for where I should spend some cash now, and if possible upgrade as I go...
As for the brew kettle I understand ball valve is almost a must but what about temp gauge and sight glass. I have been obsessing over keggle or simple kettle, or even boilermaker.
Should I mount a sight glass, ball valve, and thermometer on my old 7.5 gal alum pot and use it as my HLT or just work on making my second Rubbermaid the HLT?
I have $400 to play with thanks to a fantasy football championship, and kind of approval
from my supportive SWMBO. She thinks I should spend less on my kettle and more other "things" she knows I will want to buy in this upgrade anyhow.
Thanks for any helpful advice, I am off for the holidays and am ready to overthink and research every aspect of this upgrade.