Still trying to get it all "put together"
Strike water. I found a calculator on "homebrewing.com" for calculating the temp.. but it has one box I don't know how to fill in because I've never used my new mash tun. I'm going to be doing small batches.. 2.5G.. so I built a MT out of a 25 Qt (5G) Igloo drink cooler. (rectangular.. not round)
Since I've never used it, How do I know what the "Equipment Loss" will be?
I know it would be a wild guess on anyone's part.. but, what might be a good starting number for my first batch? Another option is to pre-heat the MT.. That should almost make that part of the equation moot.
As it is, if I omit any loss.. IOW, if I say there is NO loss due to equipment, my strike water should be 167* for 6.6# grain.
I'm guessing it should be about 170* plus.. but not sure how much plus..