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Old 10-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default First double brew day this Sat. Any advice?

So I have been slacking on my brewing, between unexpected life issues and helping my fiancee plan our wedding, I am about to blow my last keg any pour now!

With that said to attempt to catch back up I plan on doing a double brew Saturday morning. What if anything should I be thinking of? I have my grain bills already and I have 3 full tanks of propane! I am hoping that this really won't take but 1.5hrs longer then a single batch? I know I will need to time my end of boil on the first batch with my mash, I no-chill my wort so I won't have to time that. I just want to try to make things go smooth!

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So I have been slacking on my brewing, between unexpected life issues and helping my fiancee plan our wedding, I am about to blow my last keg any pour now!

With that said to attempt to catch back up I plan on doing a double brew Saturday morning. What if anything should I be thinking of? I have my grain bills already and I have 3 full tanks of propane! I am hoping that this really won't take but 1.5hrs longer then a single batch? I know I will need to time my end of boil on the first batch with my mash, I no-chill my wort so I won't have to time that. I just want to try to make things go smooth!
Take your time, start early, keep the recipes and ingredients separated and invite some buddies over to help. Plan on taking more time than you think and most importantly have fun!
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Pre-measure & label everything. It's a life saver!

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #4
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Don't drink too much and it would help to have a partner to make sure everything is running smoothly.

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Don't drink too much and it would help to have a partner to make sure everything is running smoothly.
I couldn't agree more with the don't drink too much statement.

When I do a double brew day I premeasure and crush all my grains. I then do all my water calculations (both volumes and water salt additions) and write everything down in my brew log. I do have all this data in my beer alchemy software on my iPhone but writing it down reinforces the info. Lastly I drink coffee all through my batch and I don't crack my first beer until I start running off the second one. Doubling on brew days every so often sure is a great way to restock the pipeline. Happy brewing.
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Thanks for those suggestions! I did not think about starting early, so that I will do. Starting early will also help with not drinking to much as I will be drinking coffee lol. Cool deal, well I will post up some pics on the progress. Thanks again!

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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My double days are usualy starting by 10am. I plan ~ 4hrs a batch.

Takes a solid hr and half to two hrs minimum for me to get strike water up to temp, mash, sparge, and have it all in the boil kettle. Add another hr for the boil (not taking into account the time to bring the water up to boiling), and then bringing it down to RT to pitch yeast/measure OG.

For me and my process 4hrs is reasonable. Depending on the wt of my grain bill it definitely slows down my run off. 10-12lbs not to bad and everything flows good. 13-15lbs and I can be sitting there for an hour easy waiting for all my run offs.

I have had double days go from 10am until 6pm and others go from 10am until almost 1am due to just random things that happen in a day.

GL with it though, they are a great way to pick the pace back up!

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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Takes me around 5.5 hours for one batch, 8.0 hours for 2 batches, so I often do 2 batches. I do not drink a drop until I start cleaning the kettles. I pre-measure everything the night before, including water, and sanitize my carboys the day before (and keep them covered).

What overlaps (in my case): heating mash water while finishing the sparge, mash in while getting batch #1 to a boil, mash #2 while boiling batch #1, heating sparge water #2 while chilling batch #1.

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You cansave some time by overlapping it a little, like mashing batch 2 while batch 1 boils. But it's best to have an organized plan, as it's easy to get overwhelmed/distracted and forget something you'd never forget on a regular brewday. I sometimes fall in to the trap of thinking that since I'm mostly sitting around staring at a timer or watching a pot boil, brewday is a great time to do something else beer-related. But then before I know it I've had a huge boilover, misplaced by flavoring hops, burnt the grain I was toasting in the oven and left the gate open so my dog is aimlessly roaming the neighborhood. I'm not trying to talk you out of the double brew, just saying to be organized and to allow yourself almost as much time as two single brews.

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I recently did double brew with a freind. We drank too much and I F'ed up hop aditions and at the end I realized I had not considered how I would cool two batches at once. Not a major problem and easily overcome but just something to think about

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