SO I broke down and bought a 10 gal mash/lauter tun today, plus some grain. I have about 12 (mini-mash + 6or more lbs of ME) brews under my belt, and figured I'd make the leap.
Soon (maybe tomorrow or next weekend) I will try to make ale out of the following
9.5 lb two row
1/2 lb Cara pils
1oz cascade hops
1 oz Liberty hops.
I will be pitching back onto the yeast cake of the AAPA that will be coming out of primary whenever I decide to brew (WL cali V, by the way).
I know this is a way simple ale, but I want to set myself up for success on this first one.
Any advice is very welcome.
questions I'd have are: how much water to use? I figured 11 qts of water for the mash, and then 3.75 gallons of liquor? (I figure some water will stay in the grain, right? half a gallon maybe?
How critical is the sparge temp? I don't have an insulated hot liquor tank at the moment, so i will start my liquor off at 170, but I might lose 10 degrees or so before it's all run out... BAD or just bad?
Anything else that I am forgetting? Thanks