Yeah I hear you Loopie. The head brewer told me they to not pilot anything small scale because it does not scale up.
Since you have some commercial experience, perhaps you can help me with the hot side hop addition info. Hotside they hop with citra and amarillo at whirlpool. They calculated IBU to be 28. So I calculated the time I would need with these two hops to get to 28 and came out with 17.5 minutes. I cool with stainless coil using well water which is very cold and I drop temp to below 180 in like a minute or less because I stir like crazy during cooling. But it came out a little more bitter but then again my gravity was too low with hop creep. Captain obvious tells me stop the hop creep with 60F addition for three days and see if bitterness is same. If not do another trial with reduced time in boil for hotside hops.
My question for you is what are the whirlpool conditions specifically time and temperature. Comments welcome.
IBU calculations below 12.6 and 15.4 IBU for the two hops