That's ok dude, its kinda fun to make fantastic beer with ghetto equipment.
Excellent. Now I know who to bug the shit out of when I'm ready to do mine.
"Who in the world slow roasts a dog's asshole and serves it to her husband?"
That's beautiful. I echo OB's sentiments. Some day...
Originally Posted by LaheyOriginally Posted by Capone
Sweet Walker, but all I'm looking to do for now is make an electric boil kettle. There was a guy in BYO (I think) and TBH who had a recirculation set up that would make about 3 gallons and he used a 2kw water heater element--seemed simple enough. I was under the impression you couldn't go bigger than that, though.
I had a 240v outlet installed in the garage that is fed by a 50A breaker. I can drive almost 11kW if I want/need to, but I am currently only using 5.5kW. 5.5kW is powerful enough to boil 10 gallon batches. I have to dial it down for 5 gallon batches or the kettle is like a volcano.
So, how'd the brew day and new equipment work out? Recipe?
"Did I brew that?"
The brew session went very smoothly as far as the new MLT was concerned. I occasionally have some problems with my pump, but that's nothing new.
About half way through the brew, my wife called to tell me that the appointment we had that evening at 5pm was actually at 4pn, which pressed me for time. In the end, I forgot to check the gravity of the wort. WHich stinks, because I wanted to check my efficiency. I mean, I don't really care if it goes up or down a little, but it would be nice to know WTF it is and if the new MLT has changed it.
The recipe is a work in progress. I've made it a couple times before, but am still tweaking it.
Mashed at 154*F:
7.5# Maris Otter
2.0# Rye Malt
0.5# Flaked Rye.
1.0# Crystal 80L
(+ a couple fist fulls of rice hulls for good measure due to the rye)
Boiled for 60 minutes:
0.5oz Warrior @ 45 min (17.5% aa - plug)
0.5oz Sterling @ 25 min (7% aa - pellet)
0.5oz Sterling @ 5 min (7% aa - pellet)
batch size: 5.5 gallons
brewhouse efficiency: 75%
It's bubbling away in the fermentation fridge in the garage.
Last edited by Walker; 02-22-2011 at 11:40 PM.