Hi all, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. I’m finally at that point where I want more from my beers and I know incorporating more grain into the process while using the least amount of extract possible is the best way to go. However, I have plenty of restrictions right now from keeping me from making the leap to all-grain (mostly living in a 3rd floor apartment with limited space).
So, here are some of my major questions, and I will number them to make it easier for you all to respond.
I’m very much into going right for developing my own recipe, so I want to probably use a little bit more equipment than what’s included in the NB partial mash kit. I’m attempting to make an IPA and want something around 6.5%- 7.5% alc. when done, which means I’m going to want to be using quite a bit more than the usuall 4-6 lbs of grain typical in a partial mash if I want to have more grain than extract ratio.
I’m ideally looking to have my wort be at least 2 parts from partial mash to 1 part extract. So, say I was to aim for 12 lbs grain to hit my target in an all-grain recipe, I want to use 8 lbs for my partial mash, the rest extract.
1.) Now could I do this in a 5 gallon kettle?
2.) Am I better off using a cooler? and What size should I look for given this much grain (8 lbs or so)?
3.) I’ve found a 3 gallon rubbermaid cooler, would that possibly work for this much? (This one would be most ideal for the space I have at this time if it could work, I’d just have to set it up with the false bottom and spigot). I’m not sure how to calculate for how much volume all the grain will add to the water level.
Thanks for any and all comments and advice.