Alrighty, finally got to de-flower lots of the gear that I've been accumulating this afternoon. Haven't been able to brew in about a month and a half, last batch was extract, I've been building mash tuns and wort chillers and the like for probably three months ago. Also trying out my electric turkey fryer, gotta be better than the stovetop, right? It's time to mash, dammit!
I also FINALLY got my Mocha Stout bottled... that damn stuff has the viscosity of Pennzoil.
So, doing a PE/PM version of Papa Charlie's Good Life Pale Ale. Grain bill/fermentables are:
5# Pale Ale Malt
0.5# Crystal 10L
2.5# Extra light DME
2.0oz Fuggles (60 minute); book calls for 1.7oz, what am I gonna do with 0.3oz left over?
1.0oz Kent Goldings (30 minutes)
1.0oz Kent Goldings (3 minutes)
0.5oz American Crystal (I think) for dry-hopping; have not purchased yet.
So what did I learn?
1. The electric fryer sucks balls. The settings go up to 400 degrees - uh, no. It could barely bring the wort to a boil (I was boiling about 4.5 gallons to start). Piece of SH*T. Will soon be relegated to a mash-water heater, once I pony up and start kickin' it, propane-style. I eneded up splitting the boil between the fryer and my old, 5 gallon stockpot - each had about 2 - 2.5 gallons, and the stove kicked its a*s Reynolds-style.
2. The Rubbermaid cooler with the stainless steel braid works BEAUTIFULLY. Held temp very well, the braid was easy to use, never in danger of a stuck mash. I have no idea how to check my efficiency, I ended up batch sparging twice to get my kettle volume.
3. My butt-ugly, dual-coil, parallel chiller worked WONDERFULLY, chilling 4 gallons of wort to ~90 degrees within thirteen minutes (I still had to top off with a gallon, so I didn't need to get all the way to pitching temp). I went from boil to pitch within twenty-five minutes. The chiller's not as efficient as I can make it, I can compress the coils down so it fits in the fryer better (well, for as long as I end up using it). Still, worked GREAT.
So, I'll upload a couple of pics, overall it was a great experience. Very, very cool - but now I've got to find me a damn beer keg to convert...
Various gear in my ugly-ass kitchen (it's to be gutted, hopefully in the spring)
My ugly-ass but damn effective immersion chiller.