Brew day complete. What did I learn from brewing my first 5 gallon batch?
1) I need a bigger brew pot. Did a partial boil in a 4 gallon pot, yet still managed to have a small boil over when adding the bittering hops.
2) It takes a long time to cool down that much water. But I got it down to 115° in an ice bath, transfered to my fermenter, and topped off to just over 5 gallons with cold water. That got it to 80°. Took an OG reading, and came out to 1.071 with temperature adjustment.
3) Brew day wasn't much longer for the 5 gallon batch than my previous 1 gallon batches. This is gonna be worth it.
BTW, I'm doing a peanut butter chocolate imperial stout. This is gonna be good.