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Old 03-04-2009, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default 5 gallon Mash Tun? Plus other???

Now that I have a 5 gallon Mash Tun. What are my limits as far as pounds of grains? I plan on a 10 gallon soon, but have to work with what I have. (Babies are costly) Could I get away with a recipe like this?

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Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Nottingham
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU: 22.7
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 16.3 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 76.6 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 8.5 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 8.5 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4.3 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.1 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (60 min) Hops 14.7 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00%] (15 min) Hops 8.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

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Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Mash Grain Weight: 11.75 lb
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 4.21 gal

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 14.69 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F 60 min
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:46 AM   #2
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Also??? I have a 6 gallon pot and a 4 gallon pot. Could I do 5.5 in one with hops and the rest for top off? (Stove Top) Can it be done????/

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:19 AM   #3
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Never mind I see another post that is starting to answer my question.

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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5 gallon mash tun is just fine for up to 14# of grain. You could get away with more with a thicker mash, but your efficiency would probably suffer. I had a 5g for a while and it worked great for gravities up to about 1.060. For any higher, you have to drop the batch size.

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Do you think I could do a 13.75lb grain stout recipe (OG Est: 1.071) in a 5gal Mash tun using the Hybrid Fly Sparging technique?

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I think the most I ever fit into a 5 gallon mash tun was 13.xx pounds, maybe 14 pounds. I did notice a drop in efficiency the 2 times I tried to cram as much grain as could into the tun. It wasn't a big difference but I didn't hit my OG both times.
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I have never been able to fit more than 12lbs 4oz of grain in my 5gal tun with 1.25qt/lb.

How are you fitting 14lbs in there? .75qt/lb??

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I have never been able to fit more than 12lbs 4oz of grain in my 5gal tun with 1.25qt/lb.

How are you fitting 14lbs in there? .75qt/lb??
They have to be mashing thick. I can just squeak 12.5 lbs in my 5 gal. at 1.25 qts/lb.
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They have to be mashing thick. I can just squeak 12.5 lbs in my 5 gal. at 1.25 qts/lb.
Exactly, with 1/4" of room at the top right? Makes stirring quite a balancing act. You guys claiming 14+lbs of grain in a 5gal tun may want to check the actual volume of your tun I'd bet its closer to 5.5 or 5.75 actual volume. I know mine is 5gal, and I know that I cannot fit 13lbs of grain in mine and 1.25qt/lb let alone 14+.

ScaryLarry, that recipe is right at the limit of your equipment before you will have to start mashing closer to 1.1qt/lb of grain.

EDIT: The calculator posted in here confirms.
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I have never been able to fit more than 12lbs 4oz of grain in my 5gal tun with 1.25qt/lb.

How are you fitting 14lbs in there? .75qt/lb??
1 qt. per lb on anything above 12# of grain. Thicker mash, but seems to work just as well you just have to stir for a long time.
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