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Old 12-31-2008, 10:51 PM   #1
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I wanted to brew my first 10 gallon batch tommorow and I am having 2nd thoughts. I already milled my grain at the LHBS for a 10 gallon batch. Can I mix the grain well enough to split this into two 5 gallon batches, or would you not take the chance?
My concerns of not doing a 10 gallon batch is not being able to cool the wort ( I have a small copper IC) and not being able to heat the wort to boiling (I have a keggle and a turkey fryer burner IBU ?)

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I dont think it is possible to seperate the grains in half, you will have a lot more crystal etc. in one batch and not enough in the other, do you have a submersible pond pump? If so you should be able to cool the wort by running ice water through the chiller, as for the boil, I think it will work, just might take a bit longer to get the boil going, good luck.

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jagg's comment about the pump is good advice.

I don't know if you could divide up the grains with any certainty.

If you're ever going to be able to cool a 10 gal batch with a small IC, it will be during winter when your tap water is cold. However, a rubbermaid tub, two bags of ice and a submersible pump go a long way all year round.

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Hmm, wouldn't the propane burner be able to handle 10 gallons?

Is it something like this?
Amazon.com: Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane: Patio, Lawn & Garden

Say it has 185,000 BTU

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Most any propane burner is hot enough to boil a 10 gal batch. I wouldn't worry about that. The chiller will work, it'll just take longer. Be sure to agitate it constantly to help with the efficiency.

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I would bet the IC will be fine. My chiller with tap water will get it down to about 80 in about 7 minutes. I do have a 50 IC in a keggle with 5 gallons of wort but half of my IC is about the wort anyway.

Use the tap water to get it down as low as possible and then switch to a cooler and pump with ice water if you have the capability.

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Thanks 4 the advice, I'm just gonna grow a pair and brew the 10gallons. I like the idea about using a pump to recirculate cold water through my IC.
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