Well, the sky is perfectly clear tonight. But... the temp is in the single digits and falling fast. Gonna have to drink a couple brews before bundling up and heading outside.
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I'm with you on this... I have a couple carboys, but they sit empty most of the time, unless all my buckets are full.Carboys are antiquated, IMO. If you're trying to move away from glass (a good idea for safety reasons), there's no reason to remain attached to the shape of a blown glass carboy.
I'd much rather have a 7.5 gallon Better Bucket made of PET so I can have plenty of head space, and be able to watch the cool fermentation process. It would also be far easier to dry hop or do fruit additions in the secondary. It would be much easier to clean, as well (just pop off the lid). I'd also like it to be usable as a bottling bucket--installing a spigot would be much easier and cheaper in a bucket than a carboy.
OK then dip both hands in concentrated wort, let dry and rinse. Warm water will rinse it faster, IMO.True, but who lets their mash dry before sparging? Now THAT would be a long brew day.
Has anybody noticed if a round versus rectangular cooler has more stuck sparges?I have both, and pretty much abandoned the round cooler due to slower or stuck sparges. Not that it happened often, but the round just seems more prone to it. The grain bed is a lot deeper with a round cooler, so there's a greater risk of compaction. If you go with round, just start your vorlauf and runoff slow to set the grain bed well, then open it up a bit more. When I use the round cooler, I rarely open the valve more than halfway. With the rectangular cooler, I let 'er rip full blast.