JandKBoucher said:I am in the process of opening a nano brewery. I am looking at a 2bbl system next week. I will run a 1bbl (31gal) test run to evaluate and build my custom equipment profile. However, I have a recipe I would like to use for the test- so I need a generic equip profile to give me a start.
doing a test run that isn't the volume that you'll be brewing, while not pointless, isn't as helpful as doing a test run that IS the volume you'll be brewing
Right now I am only brewing on a 5gal scale. That being said only 5.50gal goes into the fermentor. for a typical 16* plato batch (1.064 [approx 5%ABV]), I Mash In with 5.32gallon of treated water, Sparge with 2.88gal of untreated water. Use 13lbs of grain. I lose 1.45gal in the grain, and lose 1gallon during 60 min boil off. Usually use a 1/2gal trub loss during fermentation. Just a hair over 5 left, and 5 goes into the keg.
I will do a test run, but was hoping for generic numbers for the test equipment profile I build. I don't want to essentially take my 5gal numbers and multiply by 6.1 in order to do a 31gal/1bbl run. I do not believe this is how scaling up works...
Your absolute best bet is to run water to get some basic measurements, boil off, liquid capacity, etc. from this you can easily make a test recipe, scaled to what you're planning on brewing, from that you can make any needed tweaks to the equipment profile.
And I was worried about the first order. I need to get the equip in place, order grains, and test.
as an "enthusiastic homebrewer" as brewfun put it, I buy my grains direct from a wholesaler via a local brewshop, maybe your local brewshop would be willing to help you out on your startup... regardless, for your "test" batch, you could easily just spend the $80 on a couple bags of 2-row and call it good enough to get a run in before committing to a pallet.