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Old 10-04-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default 11 gallon batches with 1 burner Possible?

So I'm thinking of upgrading to 10 gallon batches. I'm a batch sparger and I sparge twice. I only have one burner.

I'm a little concerned about moving the 8 gallons of wort to the burner (prior to collecting the second runnings) since the new pot is 20lb heavier than the old one. I'm guessing the combined weight would be 108lb.

So how do you guys handle this situation? Do you have a second burner or do you just suck it up?



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Old 10-04-2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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sounds like you don't have a choice. I have done 10 gallon batches with one burner, just get a workout in.



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I have done 11g batches with only one burner for the last 6 months (only difference is that I batch sparge).

All you have to do is collect the first runnings in a bucket. Once the "HLT" is empty, I move the burner and pot to the floor where it becomes my "BK." I pour the collected wort that's in the buckets into the BK and I'm good to go.

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I only have one burner and have been doing both 5 and 10 gallon batches for ~2 years.

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I have done 11g batches with only one burner for the last 6 months (only difference is that I batch sparge).

All you have to do is the first runnings in a bucket. Once the "HLT" is empty, I move the burner and pot to the floor where it becomes my "BK." I pour the collected wort that's in the buckets into the BK and I'm good to go.
Good idea. I guess I was worried about aerating the wort, but I guess the damage might be minimal. Then again, I also pour 167F water into my mash tun. Shrug.
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Aerating the wort is not a problem at this point. I collect my first runnings in two buckets. As I batch sparge, I pour the first runnings into my kettle. Same process for the sparge collection.

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However you do it, make sure you think safety. Any time you're physically moving that volume of hot liquid you cant take safety for granted. Heat proof gloves and waterproof hiking boots are an essential part of the brewing day for me.

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I second that. I always wear flip flops while brewing and carrying 170+ water in buckets. Only hit my feet twice and that was just a tiny bit. But it's really hot

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One thing when you start working with 12-13 gallons of hot wort and you need to move your brew kettle, you need a kettle with handles that are designed to deal with the weight. Lots of kettles have handles that are not rated for full use.

I highly recommend using a Keggle for your 10 gallon batches. It has plenty of room and the handles are built in. Just follow the other safety precautions such as gloves, boots, etc. Steel toe boots are even better.

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I will need to get some cinder blocks to elevate my SQ14. I usually siphon through a nylon bag, but I currently have to move my pot to do it.



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