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Old 10-03-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Brewing 10 Gallons

Well last weekend I brewed my first 10 gallon batch. Everything went perfectly. (pics to come) I ended up with exactly 10 gallons and racked them both to a 6.5 for fermentation. I used rehydrated us-56 dry yeast for both. I mixed both yeast packets into 300ml of water about 45 minutes before pitching. Now take into account they spent the night before in the freezer.

Now heres what I cant figure out. One fermentor took off in about 6 hours, the other took about 10 hours later. The first one is cruising along like normal, but the second just looks like its lacking somewhere. Slow bubbles, not too much activity visually, and a darker color letting me know that theres not much being mixed up into suspension.

Now I didn't whirlpool or stir that much before racking. I had a really great boil, and great coldbreak. 70* in 25 minutes, but once it started chilling I left it alone. Could this be the problem? THat one carboy has a diferent mixture, than the other? Or could it be that just one yeast packet had fewer viable yeasties in it?

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Old 10-03-2006, 01:52 PM   #2
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That happened to me in a 5-gallon batch that I split. I didn't know that the sugars would tend to sink, so I never thought to stir. My OG came in way low, 1.03 instead of ~1.045, so I'm assuming that one was at 1.03 and the other at about 1.06. That would explain why one batch tastes smooth and malty, and the other (which I added some raspberries to) has zero beer flavor.

Were both batches aerated equally?

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Yea, both were racked through a strainer which gave me about 4 inches of foam on top of each. Then both were shaken real well before and after pitching.

The only thing that is really bothering me, is that this is for my best friend's little brothers wedding. So I dont want to have one really good beer, then one so-so batch. Maybe everyone will get drunk off the first keg, then not notice the second.

But lessong learned, and Im defintely doing 10 gallons from now on.

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Well, can you rack them together again before kegging? Or, fill each keg with 2.5 gallons from each fermenter? That'll solve your problem, won't it?

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Default Welcome to the 10 gallon club!

As long as you have some fermentation going on don't worry about it. It may take a few more days to ferment out then the one that blasted off in 6 hours.

Consider getting yourself a primary fermenter that will hold at least 10 gallons for your primary fermentation. I have a 17 gallon primary that work like a charm every time.

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Consider getting yourself a primary fermenter that will hold at least 10 gallons for your primary fermentation. I have a 17 gallon primary that work like a charm every time.

DO you have a conical? Great idea, that would make life esier in the future.
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I have a 17 gallon primary that work like a charm every time.
Sweet! How bout a picture?

I need to find a 12 gallon bucket that I can use as a primary. 10 gallon batches would be great!
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DO you have a conical? Great idea, that would make life esier in the future.
BrewPastor WAS talking about selling his conicals, if you're really interested.
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Sweet! How bout a picture?

I need to find a 12 gallon bucket that I can use as a primary. 10 gallon batches would be great!
You have no idea. It took the exact same amount of time and I have twice the amount of beer. It feels great.

The only downside is that I really enjoy brewing every weekend. I cant do that with 10 gallons unless I want to buy 4 more carboys and kegs. Which wouldnt neccesarily be a bad thing would it?
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BrewPastor WAS talking about selling his conicals, if you're really interested.

Yea I saw. They are a thing of beauty too.
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