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Old 10-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Okay, so I'm completely new to the homebrewing arena, but I have a question for all you experienced brewers out there. How many 6.5 gallon batches could you actually make in a day (provided an infinite amount of 6.5 gallon primary fermenters to store it all)?

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Depends on extract, partial mash, it all grain technique. Also how many brew kettles you can have going simultaneously.

Assuming extract and one kettle, take 3-4 hours to do right on a stove top. Say 4 hours, and you could feasibly work 16 hours - then 4 batches per day.

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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How many mash tuns and boil kettles do I get?

With a single setup I could probably get 2 comfortably but with proper timing and rotation I could probably get close to 7 or 8 batches done in a day, but that is moving some grain and would wear a person out pretty quickly after a day or three.

If I were going to do it that way I would get a 50 gal setup and then mash out 6 brews, take two days off, mash out 6 brews, take two days off and repeat

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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Extract or AG? on my set up I could do prob 40 gallons of AG in a 12 hour span. What are you trying to accomplish?

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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First, you probably wouldn't brew 6.5 gallon batches for 6.5 gallon fermentors. It is common to brew 5 or 5.5 gallon batches for 6.5 gallon fermentors - you need some head space for the kraussen. I can do two 5.5 gallon batches one after the other in about 4.5-5 hours with an all grain setup (15 gallon cooler MLT, 20 gallon brew kettle, 15 gallon HLT, two propane burners). I time it so that the second mash is ready to be drained when the first batch is done boiling, cooled and into a fermentor. I guess that I could probably keep that pace up for 4 total 5.5 gallon batches, which would probably take 10-11 hours. This would certainly require some prep work, i.e. weighing and grinding grain, weighing and portioning hop additions, etc. That sounds like a worthy challenge. Now to get rid of the wife and kid for a day.

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #6
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Okay, so I'm completely new to the homebrewing arena, but I have a question for all you experienced brewers out there. How many 6.5 gallon batches could you actually make in a day (provided an infinite amount of 6.5 gallon primary fermenters to store it all)?
How many are you trying to make? I'm slow and still new to all grain but I think given unlimited grains and hops, with my 8 gal pot and 5 gal mash tun, I could probably get 2-3 but 3 is pushing it for my skills.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
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this sounds like a challenge...

I've knocked out three 5.5 gal batches in a day. That was a long day.

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #8
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I don't brew 6 gal batches.. On my set up which is a twin Two Vessel system my friends and I have done a 57 gal brew day in 10 1/2 hours. With new burners we can probably shave 45min out of that.

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Okay, so I'm completely new to the homebrewing arena, but I have a question for all you experienced brewers out there. How many 6.5 gallon batches could you actually make in a day (provided an infinite amount of 6.5 gallon primary fermenters to store it all)?
Pretty much impossible to answer because it depends on equipment, skill, recipe, etc... I have done a double batch once (22 gal) and it took right around 9 hours.
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