So since I went all-grain, I’ve always had help from others on brew day. I was planning on brewing next weekend, and for the first time, it looks like I may have to think about going solo. That got me thinking… how do other people that brew by themselves handle it? Obviously, my biggest question is around transferring mash/sparge water. I have a valve on my kettle, but that much water doesn’t drain the quickest through that valve, so I’ve always worried about how much the temp would drop after I turn off the burner and open the valve. With two people, it’s pretty easy to just dump the whole kettle. I’ve heard about using a pitcher to dip and transfer until you can lift the kettle, but I’m assuming with this you’d also have to adjust your temps to account for cooling.
What do other people do when brewing by themselves (assuming no pumps)? Thanks for the ideas!