If the stars align, I will be brewing my first 5gal AG batch this weekend.
I've got a good case of the pre-show jitters and a couple of last minute questions that I am hoping you guys can answer for me.
Last weekend I did a test run with all this fancy new gear and to see how the pump actually worked. I liked the pump (Chugger)...until I had to move the hoses. This was just hot water I was using, so let's just say the floor got nice and cleaned.
How do I prevent liquid, be it water or wort, from remaining in the hoses and pump?!?!?! Or, better yet, how do I get the liquid to REMAIN in the hoses?
With a 5gal batch, any amount missing is a lot, and I seemed to be losing a bunch in the hoses and pump that wasn't making it to the next vessel.
Is a pump maybe overkill until I move up to 10gal batches?
I was short one fitting (now in the mail), so I did not get a chance to play with my chiller plate. Maybe it doesn't really matter, but do I want to pump the wort into the chiller or out of the chiller?
I am sure I will have a bunch more questions before brew day, but these are the two(ish) that are staying with me and costing me sleep. I'd relax and have a homebrew, but I am out!