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Old 02-10-2007, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default How much mash can a mash tun mash? Need Help for Tomorrow's Brew!

Ok so I'm just about to take on my first AG brew tomorrow. The yeast is percolating hapily in its starter and I'm reviewing the recipe to make sure I have everything I need to get started and now I'm nervous.

I'm doing the BYO Aventinus Weizenbock (http://byo.com/recipe/714.html) and I need to mash 13.5 pounds of grain in 4.25 gallons of water... Will this all fit in my 5 gallon (cylinder cooler) tun? I'm having a hard time getting my brain around how the volume of the grain will work with that much water... Can I mash with less water than that? Would I need to? Can I reduce the amount of grain and mash water proportionally to better fit the cooler?

I know the easy answer is get a bigger tun, and for the next batch I definitely will, but I don't have the resources for this one... Please help!

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Old 02-10-2007, 09:46 PM   #2
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There's several threads on this. Looks like people do 15 lbs at 1 quart per pound in a five gallon cooler. Seems like a real squeeze though and with all that wheat, tarball time. Maybe reduce everything 20% and do a 4 gallon batch?

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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

Check this out, you can determine if you have enough mash tun volume

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Old 02-11-2007, 01:44 AM   #4
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Quote:
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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

Check this out, you can determine if you have enough mash tun volume

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Nice link was going to bookmark it but i can't see what ratio of water to grain they are using, prob just missed it cos i had a few home brews. If anyone more sober than me spots it or knows the answer please post it. Cheers .
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