Try a grist with about 5% Carafa III malt. Very little-to-no roasted flavors. If you are a Beersmith user try searching for Black Friday IPA, I think I made it a public recipe. It is scaled to my BrewEasy system.
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Question is:1. The volume of your boiling wort should be plenty to keep any slight heat loss from circulation, from killing your boil. Dial the valve off of the chiller back to a very slow flow. All you need to sanitize the chiller and pump is heat, not a lot of flow.
1. I'm worried that running boiling wort through my pump, the CFC, and back will dissipate so much heat that I will have a hard time keeping the boil up. I do use natural gas though. Does anyone do this and have any experience?
2. I often use a large amount of pellet hops especially in whirlpool. I usually just throw the hops right into the kettle and do not use a spider or bag. Has anyone had any major problems with the CFC clogging?
3. Any other better ideas for my system or anyone have a great way to do all this?
For the kegs that matter to me, I tare the empty weight (~8lbs) then weigh the keg and calculate the mass, and hence volume of beer via the FG. #sciencegeek