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Old 02-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #11
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If you brewed every week this wouldn't be a problem.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:16 AM   #12
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Summers are brutal for supply-- the stuff just doesn't last in a keg. With bottles, I always had some idea, but kegs are so convenient. A growler her, a growler there, and the keg is spent..

I really need to step up to 10G batches

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:20 AM   #13
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My pipeline always gets destroyed around the holidays when I'm A) short on time and 2) brew two batches as holiday gifts (um, to myself of course, not to give away). That being said, when I have a keg of pale ale (which I try to brew every few brew days) it goes fast. Bigger brews I'm able to keep around longer, maybe because after two I'm like "Whoa, ok, I'm done."

I currently brew in a minifridge, I either need to get another one of those or build a fermentation cabinet off of it so I can ferment multiple batches at once. I've gotten into the habit lately though of putting a big beer in my 6gal ("primary" fermenter") and then a week later putting a faster fermenting and smaller volume batch in my 5gal ("secondary/aging" fermenter). This way by the time the bigger beer is ready for bulk conditioning or dry hopping, the smaller brew is ready to be thrown into the keg.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:25 AM   #14
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Pipeline, pipeline, pipeline!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:37 AM   #15
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I really need to step up to 10G batches
Yup, this is where you need to be heading... ^^

It's a great feeling knowing you have another keg when you pull that last pint of a really good home brew.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:43 AM   #16
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10 days i can float a keg solo and not even really trying that hard! my record was 7 days if i recall correctly.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:54 AM   #17
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Fastest my brother and I wrecked a keg was 5 days. I had just gotten my keg setup, and my first brew wasn't ready so we headed up to the local brew pub for their nut brown. We liked it, and the kegging setup was exciting, and well, we just couldn't help ourselves.

We've both since cut back our intake quite a bit and depending on the styles we have in the fridge. The stout my brother brewed lasted oh, a month and a half, and that included a large party. At that same large party, we destroyed a brand new 5-gallon keg of a cream ale I brewed, along with a third of another 5-gallon pale ale.

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Because of the aforementioned party, I've just did my first 10 gallon batch of the cream ale. Its fermenting right now, and if my pot was large enough I'd have gone for a 15 or 20 gallon batch. Its good stuff for a relatively light beer, and I've got the keg space. It'd also give me more time to brew different beers before i need to rebrew the cream ale. I'm going to start doing 10 gallon batches of our favorites so we've got a keg in reserve when the one in the fridge is kicked.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:41 AM   #18
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Four primaries and four kegs works for me. My kegerator only holds three kegs. When one kicks, I have another one ready to chill.

If you are drinking faster than you can brew I think you have a serious drinking problem which concerns me. I can offer a couple of solutions.

You could start brewing 10 gallon batches and splitting them into two primaries.

You could consider supplementing your beer intake with bourbon or whiskey.

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:47 PM   #19
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I think I'm going to try and start brewing two batches at a time. I'm only set up for brewing 5g batches or I would do 10g. I figure If I have all the stuff out might as well keep rolling. We see.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:23 PM   #20
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So apparently the answer to "I'm drinking way too much beer" is "I'd better brew more beer", and not "maybe I shouldn't drink so much every day".

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