I have about 20 5-gallon batches under my belt(8-10 AG) and I am doing my first 10 gallon batch this weekend split with a friend. We are doing a version of the Two Hearted clone recipe in the recipe section. I needed somewhere to get my thoughts down and ask a few ?s. Recipe is...
1lbs Crystal 20
2oz cent 60mins
2oz cent 10mins
2oz cent 2mins
2oz cent Dry Hop
My equipment includes 10 gallon cooler mashtun, 7.5 g boil kettle, 5 gallon turkey burner, and 2 wine buckets as fermenters. I have done all my AG batches using a rubbermaid bucket/tote as a chiller, letting the water run over the top of the tote while the kettle is in it and topping up with near freezing water but for the big batches which I have only done in the winter for obvious reasons. I know its time for a chiller and I have been eyeing the 40plate keg cowboy ones. Chilling will be painful but we will be hungry and drunk by then so we can eat while they chill.
My first ? is. I am planning on using US-05 on this batch but I am always interested in experimenting. I will have some US-04 from a pecan mild that I can wash and reuse. Do you guys think it will be worth it? It seems to me that this recipe is begging for US-05? Maybe I can just try a different dry hop?
Second question. How should I split my runnings? I am going to need to sparge to collect enough water since I am at capacity for the mash tun and will need to mash so thick. I am thinking of running first runnings off in the 5 gallon turkey burner and start it on the propane while I sparge into the 7.5 gallon. Once I collect it all I then mix the runnings and start the hopping?