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Old 05-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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I am thinking about getting a barrel to ferment something strong. I can only brew 5-6 gallons at a time. Do you think there would be an issue if I put 5 gallons in the barrel and then a week later added another 5 gallons?

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Old 05-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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What size barrel?

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15 gallon, so I would be doing 3 batches total.

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so fermenting 5 gallons, letting it roll a week then tossing in another 5 gallons of wort, let it roll for a week and then add 5 more? i might be inclined to narrow the timeline, say two or three days apart so you're getting yeast at a higher activity level.

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so fermenting 5 gallons, letting it roll a week then tossing in another 5 gallons of wort, let it roll for a week and then add 5 more? i might be inclined to narrow the timeline, say two or three days apart so you're getting yeast at a higher activity level.
Once a week would be best case scenario. With work and kids, weekends are only option to brew. Would this cause any ill effects on the brew? I would hate to waste all that time and ingredients.
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If you want 15 gallons at finish. Don't do 5 gallons per week. You will not be happy with the end result.

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Does anyone know why this would be a problem? Lambic brewers blend beers together and age them in barrels. Also German brewers will add a young brew to an existing fermenting brew. I have no idea what their procedures are though. I don't see any reason why it would cause a problem as long as I was sanitary and avoided splashing. I would probably be brewing a RIS or Belgian Trippel.
Is there anything I am overlooking?

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I'm not saying you can't do it. But what is the reasoning behind it ? Do you only have a 15 gal. primary. Or can you do 3 5gal batches.

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I can only brew 5- 6 gallons at a time. I currently use a 6.5 gallon Better Bottle. I would like to purchase a barrel and ferment in that. Just because it sounds awesome. Most barrels I have found are 15 gallons.

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I agree 10 and 15 gallons is awesome at 1 time. I currently do 15 to 15.5. The only thing I caught was trying to blend. Yes beer can be blended. But beer an wine are blended post fermentation to obtain the final tastes one wants. I would think it would be haphazard to throw three batches into one fermentor and have a brew which is what you expected. Can it be done ? Probably though honestly I would not try. Look at it on a time line if you will. 1 batch per week. Give 14 days to be reasonably sure fermentation is done. You have 1 batch 1 week later 2. 1 week later 3 that's a total of 5 weeks to finish a med gravity beer. Then add on another week or 2 till bottling or kegging. Plus the time to condition. Almost 3 months total. Can you wait that long ? I would try to figure a way to 1 brew more than 5 gal at a time. Or keep the pipe line going with using 3 or more primaries

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