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Old 12-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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Default question about doing 10 gallon batches with 5 gal equip.

I like to brew big beers (15lb+ mashes) and typically do 5 gallon batches. I have a big enough brew kettle but only have a 10 gallon mash tun.

Is there any harm in making a batch of wort, dumping it into my boil kettle, then making another batch and then doing a double batch in my kettle (a full size keg).

I would think it would be fine but I was wondering if there were any unexpected pitfalls that some of the more experienced people could point out.

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Old 12-17-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
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I don't see why that would be a problem, assuming you're not doing the two mashes a week apart.

One advantage might be to even out any inconsistancies in the overall mash, as long as you're not off in the same direction both times.



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good though on the "averaging" jasonsbeer... Frankly, I like to brew, but this last brew took about 5 hours which ain't easy with a wife and two kids.

For those doing 10 gallon batches, what kind of mash tun are y'all using for those brews with a big grain bill?

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I started out with a 5 gallon pot and would make a strong enough wart to split it into two carboys, and then top them off with water, making 7 point ABV beers.

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I like to brew big beers (15lb+ mashes) and typically do 5 gallon batches. I have a big enough brew kettle but only have a 10 gallon mash tun.

Is there any harm in making a batch of wort, dumping it into my boil kettle, then making another batch and then doing a double batch in my kettle (a full size keg).

I would think it would be fine but I was wondering if there were any unexpected pitfalls that some of the more experienced people could point out.

Thanks all..
I would just heat that first batch to greater than 180F for 10 minutes or so while mashing the 2nd lot, that should stop any continued conversion issues.
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I have the same setup, keggle for brew pot but only 9 gallon HLT and 10 gallon cooler. Really want to do 10 gallons and was thinking I'd go extract for next batch. This method here will take awhile but I think would work

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I do ten gal batches. My HLT is only 26lts (6.5gals?) and MLT is 40ltrs (10gal) and my BK is 70lts (18gal?). I just sparge twice. Mash and first sparge are with 26lts then second sparge is about 18 to20lts. This works great for me and I get a bit of increased efficiency from the se sparge ( normally get 1050 from 8.5kg grain). Also, saves waiting for a second mash to be done.

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I do ten gal batches. My HLT is only 26lts (6.5gals?) and MLT is 40ltrs (10gal) and my BK is 70lts (18gal?). I just sparge twice. Mash and first sparge are with 26lts then second sparge is about 18 to20lts. This works great for me and I get a bit of increased efficiency from the se sparge ( normally get 1050 from 8.5kg grain). Also, saves waiting for a second mash to be done.
How do you heat enough water for your strike? Say you have a basic grain bill of 24 lbs for a 10 gallon batch, that would be 30 quarts of strike water to dough in. I guess you're limited to batches with 20 lbs grain bill?
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good though on the "averaging" jasonsbeer... Frankly, I like to brew, but this last brew took about 5 hours which ain't easy with a wife and two kids.

For those doing 10 gallon batches, what kind of mash tun are y'all using for those brews with a big grain bill?
I have 3 keggles, 1 is my mash tun I've had close to 40 lbs of grain in there and no problems.


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