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If the comp doesn’t require it, don’t list it.

I used to do something similar when I lived in a third floor apartment. I would bring buckets of cold tap water out and pump through my chiller. I would change to ice water once I got to 100°. I could chill 12gal down to 80 on most days with 30gal of water and 7lbs-10lbs of ice.

The key to making this work is to only recric for as long as the delta is larger than 20% of the wort temp. Once you get below that threshold the difference is too small for it to be effective. I achieve this by switching to fresh buckets of water or by pumping out and dumping in fresh.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Munton's No Boil Kits.
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:19:28 PM »
For 1 pound of honey in 5 gallons:

35 pppg divided by 5 gallons = 7 points or 0.007, which would be expected to raise final ABV by about 0.7%.  How's that for some quick math!

EDIT: And DME has about 45 pppg, so then you get about 0.9% instead, as a rough estimate, which is consistent with others above.
My bad. LME is 35ppg. Oops

Ingredients / Re: Unusual Grains
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:31:24 PM »
21A makes the toaster pastry beer. It’s pretty spot on.
But no actual Pop Tarts were harmed in the making of this beer, right?
Nope. Not sure what they did to get the flavors right.

Ingredients / Re: Unusual Grains
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:22:52 PM »
21A makes the toaster pastry beer. It’s pretty spot on.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Munton's No Boil Kits.
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:43:41 PM »
Both are about 35 points per pound added to one gallon.

The Pub / Re: Kids in brew pubs/tasting rooms
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:02:56 PM »
I’m of the too bad opinion. All of the considerations people are making are normal kids in public considerations. I’m less ok with dogs considering many people don’t know what their dogs can handle. If your dog needs to be approached slowly, he shouldn’t be in crowded places.

Equipment and Software / Re: 5500 watt element breaker size?
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:51:58 PM »
  But the 240 v, 30 amp breaker could run the 5500 watt element along with the control box with a PID in it and pump cant it?
Yes, even at full power. The electronics are minimal. Shouldn’t be over 25 amps with a single pump.

Equipment and Software / 5500 watt element breaker size?
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:43:03 PM »
Full power that is 23 amps. Pumps should be around an amp. Rest of the panel shouldn’t be much depending on what you do.

No, you wouldn’t be able to run both. The smaller burner is going to be 120, so just have it be powered by another circuit. With a 50a you could run both, but your two hot legs would be out of balance (1600w element is 120 and only on one hot leg). This is bad news as it could cause over heating.

Also, if you go with a small barrel, look into waxing it. Small barrels have too much wort to wood surface area and beer will oxidize much faster. A 5 gallon barrel has more than twice the surface area to volume ratio compared to a 53 gallon. I’ve seen people that wax the entire barrel except for the heads, others leave a few staves natural.

I would keep it simple and pitch the culture as is and let it ride. Bottle when stable across two readings two months apart. Don’t bother with a barrel for your first go. They are too temperamental.

Best chances will be with a good fresh pitch of a sour culture. Do you have access to a sour brewery that would let you pull some slurry?

You can’t fit a great sour into a timeline. Look into kettle sours and brew it close to the wedding.

Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:20:34 PM »
It still doesn’t chill?

It does chill.
Not in the marketing material. Crazy that people are dropping big bucks without full spec sheet readily available.

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