I'm about to start my transitional phase from nearly 30 years of 'Kit and Kilo' to allgrain. So please bear with me if i get some stuff wrong or show a lack of understanding in all the german words/processes
The reason being that i have discovered a free source of base malt
ATM i'm studying hard trying to get the processes and how they fit into my equipment sorted. I've been reading all the stickies, searching the forums for stuff i don't know. I've downloaded Brewmate software fro recipes etc.
The goal so far is to find one or maybe two recipes as 'house beer' that are cheap and simple. I like the Thomas Coopers Wheat Beer extract kits and i like an australian Kent Brown ale as a commercial beer. These will come down the track.
The recipe i'm working on as house beer first is an American Pale Ale though and to this aim i have ordered the following ingredients based on price and advice from an allgrain mate or two;
unlimited (to a point) pale malt
25kg bag of Caramalt
25kg bag of wheat malt
1kg pellets Centennial
1kg pellets Pride of Ringwood
500gm block US-05 safale yeast.
I plan on using this esky shown in the pic (i think i have the pic attached) with 100l of water for single infusion and sparging, then a boil in 160l stainless gas fired pot to make up to 80 litres 20 us gallons at a time.
This will limit my beer making to one saturday morning a month hopefully.
After this i plan on fermenting in either one huge or two large fermenters till ready.
Here's where i'm not sure though, i have seven 5 gallon ball lock kegs. I'd like to think i could rack the beer into the sanitised kegs after fermenting, burp them with food grade Co2 and then just store them in the shed until i am ready to carbonate and refridgerate.
Is this possible?
I have read about the no chill cube method, but would prefer to have the beer fermented and ready to go, i just don't know whether it would go off unrefridgerated but protected by a blanket of Co2?
Commercial beer is transported in kegs all the time, but i assume it's pasturised or protected by preservatives