So im fairly new to AG and ive been trying to stick to one style until i get a result im happy about (no luck yet). Ive ordered the stuff to follow this recipe: viewtopic.php?t=40751
Equipment wise i have a 15 and 8 gallon kettle, a false bottom for the 15 gallon, and a 10 gallon cooler coverted for batch sparging.
This time around i want to be able to do temperature rests and mash on the kettle over direct heat. Ill use the cooler as an HLT. Ive only ever mashed in a cooler so its a bit daunting. Is a pump for recirculating required? How do i compensate for the amount of dead space under the false bottom and still maintain mash thickness? Should i wrap my kettle in insulation while fire is off?
Since this is my first time mashing in a kettle, how should i handle sparging/infusions? Should i use infusions to meet rest temps, or direct heat?
Sorry for the load questions, mashing in a cooler with just sacc rest has spoiled me.