Alright. Can't wait for the "necessary" equipmenent. I am going to try some SERIOUS improvisation. Any input on my "procedure" (other than what a PITA that is going to be) greatly appreciated. I am determined (almost...) to do this, so, help me make it work, or forever hold your peace.
Okay. So, what have I got. well...
This is the plan so far:
I will mash in my 5 gallon cheapo ss pot. I will bring the water to strike temp than move it into my rigged up styrofoam jacket I just made. I tested and it holds the temp for an hour with half a tank of water, so full of grain and water should be even better (?)
Sparge. I will attach my ss braid to the end of a piece of copper tube which will serve as a racking cane. The braid and cane will be in the improvised mashtun from the beginning btw. I will sparge by siphoning (yes, I know PITA) into my old ceramic on steel pot.
After sparging is complete I will dump the grains, rinse the pot. I will then divide the wort 3.75 gallons in my 5 gallon ss, 2.25 in my ceramic pot (it has a chip at the top inside, so I do not want to fill it too high) Divide the hops proportionatly once I figure the math. Boil in two pots.
Cool in the two pots, one in each sink basin. I am hoping two pots with less volume will chill more quickly as I do not yet have a chiller.
Add to carboy and procede as usual.
Spiny Norman's Best Bitter
Safale S-04 - Whitbread Ale yeast
5 lbs. of Maris Otter
2.25 lbs. of British Two-Row
.75 lbs. of Crystal 50-60L
.08 lbs. of Chocolate
.75 oz. (21.3g) of Challenger (7.0%) boiled for 60 minutes.
.25 oz. (7.1g) of East Kent Goldings (7.7%) boiled for 20 minutes.
.25 oz. (7.1g) of East Kent Goldings (7.7%) boiled for 15 minutes.
.25 oz. (7.1g) of Fuggles (3.2%) boiled for 15 minutes.
.25 oz. (7.1g) of Fuggles (3.2%) boiled for 0 minutes.
Add 3.00 gallons of water at 175 F to raise mash to 157 F.
Sparge with 4.25 gals. water to yield 5 gals. after boil & chill.
Total mash volume with grains is 3.66 gallons.
6.25 gallons in boiling pot prior to boil with 1.034 gravity.
7.27 gals. of water with a 60min. boil. (edit: oky I can not really explain these last two lines, new program, I have not figured it all out yet)
Make any sense? Am I completely off track? Tips to make it slightly smoother (not including buying more equipment) Anything I am missing (other than my mind)
It will probably be a while before I go for it. I did the numbers and since the ingredients will be quite a bit less than my ususal bill, I think this will allow me to go ahead some time in the next couple of weeks. Any help appreciated. Considering this forum got me in this state of mind I figure the least you all can do is push me completely overboard...