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Old 01-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I am considering trying a Barley Wine type beer and I want to get an OG around 1.1 or so and really try to get a FG of around 1.01 or less. I want to use pretty much just malted barley and maybe a few sugar additives like molasses but try to get a majority of those sugars from the barley.

My question is theoretically I am going need to use something like 20lbs + and my Mash Tun I believe can handle it (10 gallon cooler with false bottom). But my brew pot is only 5 gallons.

What is the forum's experience with this? Is a 5 gallon pot big enough for this, am I even going to be able to get the sugar to water ratio I want just adding more and more grains like that without making syrup?

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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I max out the mash tun, and make up the difference with extract. I also adjust the size of the batch to accommodate the size of the kettle.

Most recently, I did a 3.5 gal batch of an all-maris otter barleywine. I figure after trub loss, i should be able to fill my 3-gal jug up to the tippity-top for bulk aging. I also added 3.15 lbs of northern Brewer's maris otter extract and boiled for 3.5 hours.

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Theoretically with a 10 gal mash tun you could make 5 gals of 1.1 SG wort. However your preboil volume would be higher than 5 gal.

Scaling down your batch size seems like a good idea since your pot can only hold 5 gallons. Hell I made a 1.1 ris the other day that lost 1 gallon due to blowoff so maybe if I had a smaller batch size less would have been spit out of the fermenter

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What about a partigyle? Wind up with 2 or so gallons of 1.100+ barleywine and a separate batch of average gravity brew?

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Be very careful about using things like molasses in your beer. Even a tiny addition can have a huge flavor impact (and not in a good way).

You'll probably want a larger boil pot/kettle for this batch. In order to properly mash/sparge 20# of grain that is. Unless you do a partigyle that is, which can present you with a different set of difficulties.

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Any thoughts on doing two 2.5 gallon batches and then combining them?

If I mash/sparge 12# grains or so and yield 3 gallons or so, I can boil off the rest to 2.5 and then do another batch just like it and combine in the fermenter.

What is partigyle?

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Doing two 2.5 gal batches allows you to either 1) combine them for one 5 gal batch, or 2) try different things with the other half like using a different yeast, oak aging, etc...
Or you could spend another $30 and buy a 5 gal pot. You could boil 7 gal of wort in two 5 gal pots.

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You can usually get a 32-40 quart aluminum pot from a restaurant supply store for under $50. That can easily be converted into a kettle and used for all your 5 gallon batches (especially if you get the 40 quart).

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You can usually get a 32-40 quart aluminum pot from a restaurant supply store for under $50. That can easily be converted into a kettle and used for all your 5 gallon batches (especially if you get the 40 quart).
+1, I actually use a 40qt aluminum tamale pot that I bought for $20 on sale at a local grocery store (Kroger). If I had to to it over again, I would have spent a little more and gotten a 10 gallon pot though so I don't have to worry about boilovers as much.
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+1, I actually use a 40qt aluminum tamale pot that I bought for $20 on sale at a local grocery store (Kroger). If I had to to it over again, I would have spent a little more and gotten a 10 gallon pot though so I don't have to worry about boilovers as much.
Ummmm, you do know that 40 quarts IS 10 gallons, right?

IMO/IME, you want to go with thicker wall aluminum pots. The 4mm thick pot I converted into a kettle is still going strong. It will cost more than the thin one, but it won't get F'd up like the thin ones tend to. There's at least a few threads from people having warped/distorted aluminum pots. Those were the tin walled ones. The 4mm thick pots are made to be used all day long, in restaurants.
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