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Old 10-12-2010, 04:21 PM   #11
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and my next one up is...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/ston...y-clone-51521/

so I'm sure I'll be running into the same issues. I do plan on using yeast starters this time. I bought 2 vials because I wasn't sure if it was safe to try and stretch a single vial out that far.
Grinch, good choice. this is often in my rotation. A yeast starter will be a good decision. or use dry yeast. S-05 is a good dry for this one.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:41 PM   #12
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Thanks! I can't wait to brew it! but could I split the grain into 2 batches of mash to do a 10 gallon batch?

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Thanks! I can't wait to brew it! but could I split the grain into 2 batches of mash to do a 10 gallon batch?
Of course you can, if you have the time.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:49 PM   #14
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Of course you can, if you have the time.
okay, good! I just didn't know if there were any dangers with doing it that way.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:53 PM   #15
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Or, since you are determined to brew 12G batches of big grain bill brews, get a bigger cooler. I just bought a 120quart Max from Wally'smart for $49-tag said $52, but shelf said $49. Still, $52 is not a bad price for that much capacity and insulation(since HD sells their 10G (40quart) round for $40, or split the batch and be unhappy with the extra work.

I just can't imagine how you didn't see the trouble coming, though.

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could I just split the grain in half and do 2 mashes?
Sure you can. Most breweries use multiple mashes to fill the kettle. That is why they have separate mash and lauter tuns so they can get the next mash going while they sparge the last one.

You can take gravity readings after the first mash and adjust as needed. Just like they do.
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:39 PM   #17
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Or, since you are determined to brew 12G batches of big grain bill brews, get a bigger cooler. I just bought a 120quart Max from Wally'smart for $49-tag said $52, but shelf said $49. Still, $52 is not a bad price for that much capacity and insulation(since HD sells their 10G (40quart) round for $40, or split the batch and be unhappy with the extra work.
again, I don't have the cash to spring for a bigger cooler.

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I just can't imagine how you didn't see the trouble coming, though.
I'm fairly new to all grain brewing, thanks for your intrigue though.

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Sure you can. Most breweries use multiple mashes to fill the kettle. That is why they have separate mash and lauter tuns so they can get the next mash going while they sparge the last one.

You can take gravity readings after the first mash and adjust as needed. Just like they do.
Awesome, I don't mind the extra time it will take. It will be worth it! Someday I'll get a bigger cooler but until then...
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