« on: December 26, 2010, 11:36:57 AM »
Can anyone post a general schematic of an enclosed home brewing system? I'm looking for ideas and am going to start compiling materials in a week or so (just need some bigger kettles for now but eventually they would go into the system). I've been checking out the "Pimp My System" posts and they look awesome but it's not always easy to tell where product flows, what are hot zones and what are cold zones etc.
Some general questions.
What is better, a horizontal system with pumps or a vertical system?
I'm leaning towards an Igloo cooler type infusion process rather than step mashing just because it seems easier but since I'm starting from scratch, what's better?
I have this crazy idea of incorporating some load cells so that I can weigh grain and water etc as I add it. Does it need to be this precise?
In the boiling kettle, would you include a cooling coil as an integral part or have a separate one for immersing? Is it a pain to try to stir with a coil in that can't be removed? I can see how it would be but hey, it's one less thing to have to move around.
Aluminum or stainless kettles? Does it matter?
General advice would be appreciated. I have the advantage of having a good friend (and main drinking buddy) who owns a machine shop so making/modifying stuff isn't a big deal. His son is also an engineer so I am sure he can provide some helpful input as well. Danger in this situation is making something over engineered, not under.