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GnarlyDudeBrewer 03-21-2013 10:40 PM

Can I break my wort into 2 different fermenters?
Still over thinking my first brew to be boiled in a few days. I plan on doing a partial boil extract brew and pouring the wort into two different fermenting buckets (SO is not keen on much cash outlay, so I got free icing buckets from local bakery and they are only 4.25gal each) My question is can I split my wort in two or will the second pour have more grains, stuff, good things in it than the first bucket? After fermenting I will do all my bottling on one day in the same bucket just two different cycles (this way I am out the cost of two airlocks instead of two 15.00 buckets). After a good batch of tasty brew SO will happily go for 6.5 gal purchase and I'll only be out $40.00 until bottling time.

jperry 03-21-2013 10:48 PM

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Short answer, Yes. You can pour the same wort into two different fermenters. I split a 5gal batch 2 ways, and tried different yeast for the heck of it. And i had all the gunk come out in one of the fermenters, not a problem at all, but you just have to rack more carefully...

BGBC 03-21-2013 10:50 PM

Go for it. If you can get a bigger bottling bucket by the time you're ready to bottle you could recombine the beer from the two fermenters prior to bottling.

As far as one bucket getting more trub than the other, try to leave as much trub behind in the brew kettle as possible. search for whirlpool and give that a try. Or just give the cooled wort a good swirl before pouring into the buckets, you should be able to distribute pretty evenly.

Good luck and have fun with your first brew day!

ILoveBeer2 03-21-2013 10:52 PM

You can split your batch. Put equal parts wort in each bucket then top off equally.

I would rack both buckets into a single bottling bucket to ensure all your bottled beer is the same. You can bottle separately on different days but you are doubling the prep and cleanup.

AnOldUR 03-21-2013 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by GnarlyDudeBrewer (Post 5030832)
Can I break my wort into 2 different fermenters?

Do it all the time. Use two five gallon carboys to primary and top off a 6 1/2 to secondary.

GnarlyDudeBrewer 03-21-2013 11:36 PM

Thanks for the answers, now more questions.
That solves one problem. Now the next.
Do I siphon the fermented beer from the fermenting buckets to the bottling bucket or gently pour? If i do siphon is the goal to siphon just above the bottom to minimize bits of trub from getting into the bottles? On a side note, I've read here that some pour the wort or the fermented through a screen. Which is preferred?


GnarlyDudeBrewer 03-21-2013 11:46 PM

Hey OldUR

What is the oxygen bottle do for you?
Is the bottle on the floor for Bow-off?

Just trying to understand All of it.

gilstein21 03-22-2013 12:04 AM

that's a CO2 tank and he's filling the empty space with CO2 when he siphons to keep O2 off the beer.

pfgonzo 03-22-2013 12:31 AM

Actually, he's using the CO2 tank to start the siphon. Not saying he didn't use it to purge the secondary first, but that's what it's doing in the picture.

gilstein21 03-22-2013 12:42 AM

that makes sense

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