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Old 01-29-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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I was thinking on my next brew day of brewing two beers back to back. I would have every thing set up . Take one out of mash tun put in the next etc. It seems like this may add an hour or two but would have two brews done and only one major clean up. One would be a blue moon the other a blueberry wheat. Has anyone done this and how did the day turn out.

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Old 01-29-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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Several have and some of has done 3 in a row.

It's a commitment.

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Old 01-29-2008, 07:59 PM   #3
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i can tell you that 4 consecutive batches is a day - no matter how dedicated you are it's definetly something to do on saturday and crash sunday

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:07 PM   #4
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I frequently brew two batches at the same time and it adds about 90 minutes to my total time. I have two mash tuns and use the stove for sparge water, which cuts down on the time.

The only drawback is that it requires a lot more focus, since you have to add hops to the first batch while you are sparging the second. The first time I did it, I was late on a couple hop additions. I would not suggest doing it while drinking.

There was also the 24 hour brew day, which put me off of brewing for a few months.

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:13 PM   #5
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As long as you're ready...I mean mentally ready...go for it.

Like any endeavor, if you're psyched for the occasion, it's easier.

You will be tired afterward though.

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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Last Friday I brewed 2-5gal and one 3gal batches and bottled 108 (2 batches). I'll never do that again, I was tired by the end of that day

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:30 PM   #7
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If you're the type (like me) that spends an hour or so just finding all your stuff in the cluttered garage, it's not going to work. Make sure you have everything ready to go and laid out, get your grain milled the night before. You can also measure out your first batch of water and fill the kettle/HLT the night before. Make sure you have two different timers.

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Old 01-29-2008, 11:03 PM   #8
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I may have to re-think this as I work the overnight on weekends and would be brewing on a sunday. I would be sleep deprived & the the old body clock way out of wack not a good combo for good focus. Thanks for the imput I will let you know what happens. Will not be brewing till it gets warmer, temp. now 48 high tomorrow 16. got to love MICHIGAN.

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Will not be brewing till it gets warmer, temp. now 48 high tomorrow 16. got to love MICHIGAN.
any minute now the lactating will start
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:31 AM   #10
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I have done 2. It was an 8 hour shift, and I was durn tired.
I did get 11 gallons of beer out of the deal...

It really depends on how efficient your setup is. Not efficient in terms of extraction, but in terms of work done by you!

If you have to walk up 2 floors from where you brew to get your equipment, you may not want to attempt two, but if you use a basement where you store equipment, ferment, bottle/keg, clean then there may not be a big issue...

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