oh come on! who doesn't want a skating rink right outside the brewery? brew a little, drink a little skate a little right? it's even better if it's your driveway! then you can skate in your car! you didn't really need that garage door right? waiting for it to open, waiting for it close what a bummer!
My driveway is on a slight incline & one winter morning, I woke up to find that my Pathfinder had slid down my icy driveway & stopped with the rear bumper hanging just beyond the curb.
I now salt my driveway, whenever I expect things to ice up.
Heh, heh, heh. We like for people to believe that.
People like what they know. I mean, people LOVE New Jersey. What's up with that?!
(full disclosure, my wife is a Jersey Tomata)
I wasn't aware that anyone liked NJ.
I like Minnesota's lakes & wilderness.
Maine, New York, Wisconsin & Michigan might be adequate replacements.
But, Midwest Supplies is based, here.
The problem with a snow bank is that snow has a lot of air depending on the type of snow (good insulation for igloos), and once it melts away from the kettle, you just have ambient air to transfer the heat to. If it is around freezing, this can take a while, as I remember from back in the early 90's when I tried that.
The pond pump recirculating the snow water mixture is much faster. One does have to shovel a fair amount of snow into the water to get down to lager temps. Here in Michigan we often have more than enough snow for the task.
When I used to chill with snow, I made sure it was tightly packed against the sides of my kettle, several times throughout the cooling process...But, you're right...Takes for-freakin'-ever!
...Better to make a slush bath in the kitchen sink or laundry tub.