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Old 09-10-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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Well since my friend didnt drop off the spices I let him borrow, I cant brew my pumpkin spice today.

Although, I do have supplies for a 10 gallon batch of smoked porter that I've been meaning to do. Problem is i am all alone

How do you guys brew big batches solo? I always need somebody to help me lift up the huge pot of mash water to pour into my tun.

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I think most of the folks who brew 10 gallons pump all of the liquid around between their MLT, HLT and BK

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a pump is a must for 10 gal brews. Too many ways to burn/injury yourself moving large quantities of hot liquid imo.

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This is why people have pumps.

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I dont have a pump and I've always just had an extra set of hands with me. Never had problems that way.

Im also not going to go out and get a pump for ONE TIME.

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well if you have a valve on you HLT guess you could empty into a bucket and make a couple trips to your MT.

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Suck it up and lift with yer back!

Seriously, I own a pump, but I drain from my MLT straight into my kettle (on the ground). My burner sits maybe 14 inches off the ground, and I just dead-lift my 25 gallon kettle up there. Mind you, I've had to do this solo with 14 gallons of hot wort in the pot before. So it goes.

Edit: 14 inches is manageable compared to the height of many burners/rigs.

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Suck it up and lift with yer back!

Seriously, I own a pump, but I drain from my MLT straight into my kettle (on the ground). My burner sits maybe 14 inches off the ground, and I just dead-lift my 25 gallon kettle up there. Mind you, I've had to do this solo with 14 gallons of hot wort in the pot before. So it goes.

Edit: 14 inches is manageable compared to the height of many burners/rigs.
I usually drain my cooler right into a keggle. My ownly problem is the mash water and the hot pot. I will just put it off for another day i guess.
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You can always transfer hot liquid with a pitcher or smaller pot, one scoop at a time.

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You can always transfer hot liquid with a pitcher or smaller pot, one scoop at a time.
That's how I always did it. Scoop until it's a manageable weight, then pour. I used a big saucepan so it was about .75 gallon at a time moving the water.

I weigh 135 pounds and I've brewed a lot of 10 gallon batches. I've only had a pump less than 2 years- but I love it so much I now have two pumps! Still, you can easily do 10 gallons by using a pot/saucepan to move water. It only takes a few minutes longer.
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