..... As I am now getting older and lazier I am looking into a Speidel Braumeister.Do any of you have any experience with it?.....
I lived in Alberta for a couple of years around the time you started brewing.
I have a 20L Braumeister and I'm delighted with it. Certainly easier than dealing with coolers and 15usg stockpots, and so compact - self contained. Perfect size to fill a corny keg. The 50L would be better if you are filling a sanke keg - but you'll need stronger muscles than mine - or a hoist - to lift the "malt pipe".
It works best for 6% or lower beers, but double (or even triple) mashing is an option for an occasional "Big Beer" brew. I haven't tried that yet. One day I'll try a double (or triple) barley wine mash. - Others have done it successfully.
I find a fairly coarse 1.2-1.3mm (0.047-0.050") crush on my BC to give the best efficiencies - usually around 85% mash efficiency for 5% beers - less if you stuff more grain into the "Malt pipe". I almost always use a stepped mash profile and it works flawlessly.
The boil is a little gentler than some might use, but it is more than adequate for beers and ales, and PERFECT for lagers. I usually use a 90min boil.
The insulating jacket improves the boil, and the (expensive) copper hood acts as a great funnel for the malt. I connect a 4" flex SS dryer vent tube to it and direct the steam outside via my range hood. The boil is strong enough for boil-overs, even after the hot break if i don't elevate the hood slightly from the rim of the BM.
A fully automated RIMS-type system at this price is a no-brainer for me and my beer needs. I'm delighted with the BM and consider its cost "money well-spent".
I'd say "Go for it!"