Hey guys, Im pretty new into the whole brewing thing, still making extract brews, so Im pretty basic as far as equipment goes, but I keep seeing discussions about everyones brewing stations/systems, tiers, etc., and I guess Im too green to understand why theyre needed and how they work? Is this more for an all-grain brewer? I think some of them are pretty bad ass though, and Id like to have a better understanding of what each component of a system is for.
Im still brewing on the kitchen stove, but Id like to get an outdoor setup going with a propane burner so I can get outside during the warmer months.
If you are brewing with extract or BIAB you don't need to worry about tiers or systems, all you need is 1 kettle. If you want to do all grain with a 3-vessel system (Hot Liquor Tank, Mashtun and Boil Kettle) you need to move hot liquids around. If you don't want to use a pump you can use gravity to move the liquid downhill from vessel to vessel in a 2 or 3 tier system.