pumping it back up to the conical. we spilled a little water when cleaning, but don't worry...the wort was safe
awesome brew day. only took us 6 hours (hell, 5 gallons usually take 5.) we're going to use this setup to brew tried and true batches...every two weeks.
this setup is intended to eventually be a 15 gallon "pilot setup" that we can do test brews on for bigger batches, ultimately trying to imitate a commercial brewery. the best part about this session is that we got 90% efficiency. working as a team, taking care with all the steps and brewing on a larger scale accomplished this.
i was a little worried about temperature. it gets pretty cool in the basement, but fermentation often ramps things up and i was concerned that 15 gallons would be a bitch to cool down. my friend just checked it out, tho, and he said it's fermenting at 54°F.