OK. I want to start doing 3-gallon all grain batches.
The reason for this is that I'm doing this on stovetop in a apartment, and 5 gallon batches are currently impossible as the stove won't heat that much wort to a boil. I can easily do 3.5+ gallons though, allowing a bit of room for boil-off, the immersion wort chiller, and still having three (or slightly more) gallons of post boil wort.
I want to do the sparging in a cooler. I was thinking of an igloo type water cooler. However, I'm not sure the best type of cooler or the best procedure to use and how to do it.
I am familiar with both fly and batch sparging, and the consensus seems to be that batch sparging would be best. I have several links marked for batch sparging, but please do say which one is your favorite.
My first few attempts will involve pretty simple pale ale, IPA, amber ale or SMaSH recipes.
All comments welcome.