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Old 06-10-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Multiple Brew sessions

I spent the bulk of my day brewing yesterday and doing other task associated with the making and storage of beer. I know this is a hobby and many people do it because they love doing it. I do it mainly because I like the beer I brew much better than what I can buy from a commercial brewer. And devoting the bulk of my day to 1 brew session seems like poor utilization of my time.

So my question(s) is this does anyone out there do multiple brew sessions on a single day? How many do you do?.

It seems to me that if I had a process whereby I started a series of brews. Say heating water for the next brew when I was almost finished with the mash. Mashing one brew while boiling the first and heating water for the 3rd that I could triple my production without adding to more than 3-4 hours to my brew day. I think one 10 hour day makes more sense than three 6 hour days.

What do ya'll think?

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Old 06-10-2007, 12:49 PM   #2
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I just did exactly the same.

My intention was to double my time and triple my output.

I did 3 brews in a day but ended up going the pub and all sorts of other stuff so It was a long day. It's the first time I've done more than one brew in a day.

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Are you doing 5 or 10 gallon batches?
I do 10 gal and also like to brew a few weeks in a row so I can go in on a good yeast cake. Like right now I have about 20 gals on tap and 30 in various stages in my fermentation cooler. I also really enjoy the process so I don't feel like I am wasting my time.

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I just did exactly the same.

My intention was to double my time and triple my output.

I did 3 brews in a day but ended up going the pub and all sorts of other stuff so It was a long day. It's the first time I've done more than one brew in a day.
Do you think it was worth the extra time? I know you had said you have less time these days.
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Yes.

It was hard work but only because I wanted to go to the pub after I started brewing.

Yes I think I'll do it again.

I am soon to be up to 10 cornies so I plan to brew more and less often. Maybe once a month. Then When I'm full maybe once every 6 weeks or so.

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Are you doing 5 or 10 gallon batches?
I do 10 gal and also like to brew a few weeks in a row so I can go in on a good yeast cake. Like right now I have about 20 gals on tap and 30 in various stages in my fermentation cooler. I also really enjoy the process so I don't feel like I am wasting my time.
I do both. And that's a good thought about the yeast.

It's not the brewing that I find objectionable it's the clean up, same with cooking I like cooking I hate cleaning up afterward.

So I was thinking that by doing multiple brew sessions with just a quick rinse after each mash or boil, followed by 1 good cleanup at the end of the day I would save a lot of time.

And it not that I feel like it's a waste of time. I think it's a worthwhile investment of time as I can't buy beer that's as good as I can make. I just have so little time I feel like anything I can do to use it wisely or more wisely I should.
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I have in the past, but not since I moved to Oregon. Most of the time it would be two 5 gallon batches, one AG, one partial or steeped. One exception, the last barley wine, I did the barley wine and a small beer from the same mash.

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Extracts 4TW!!

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I can do 2 batches in 5 hrs.

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I can do one AG in 3.5 hrs so I guess I could do two in 5 to 6 hours if I realy tried

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Default double production

I was thinking of doing the same thing. With a couple more buckets and another 5 gallon boil pot I could make two batches in the same time as one with only a little more cleanup involved. With a one hour steep time and a one hour boil I might as well have two pots on the stove. Bottling would have to be on seperate days though because I can only fit about 40 22oz bottles in my dishwasher. At 5 gallons a week, production is not keeping up with consumption.

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