added coffee grounds to the boil... won't do that again, it added a bittering to it that I don't like.
That has never appealed to me either. Though cocoa powder isn't bad in small quantities in a darkish-dark beer. You don't want the flavor- just the richness it lends.
I'm such a lazy f*** that if I could leave my wort to cool on it's own I would. Experimented with that and 19 gallons 1.050 sugar water. Was still over 120F the next evening. Not in winter-time though.
I have to decide about brewing this weekend. This is the problem: I'm conserving water to beat the "averaging" my water utility company calculates during the cool months. This is supposed to benefit the consumer due to lawn "watering" in the warmer months. It ends on the 15th (Monday) and I want to drop my sewer rate- which based on the averaging exceeds my actual average monthly water consumption year-round!
Running all that water through the chiller just makes me cringe...
I was thinking of getting my usual batch size down to the mid-low 100's and switch to the frozen bottle recirc to finish it off. What ya'll think. Damn the torpedoes...?