I will be moving to all grain brewing relatively soon. I am fortunate that I can make my equipment choices based on long term strategy, rather than cost/budget. That said…
Once I start doing all grain, (starting with simpler processes, single infusions, etc), how long till I will be wanting the capability to do multi-rests and such? In other words, should I do a cooler mash tun or should I bite the bullet and get a kettle?
On the other hand, I am very comfortable with the idea of starting simple (cooler setup) and focusing on my brewing process and recipes. Then, in 12 months, making the investment into a kettle mash tun. But if I am going to want/desire/crave the enhanced options in less than 12 months, I might as well go with kettle now.
And, if you are wondering, I like to brew maltier beers. Ones that lend themselves to a multi-step mash…
So, what has your experience been? Did you start with one or the other? Are you still using it? Did you change equipment and how long after?
TL;DR - I need to get a mash tun. Will I regret going with a cooler based solution in the near future because of the lack of mashing flexibility?