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Old 02-10-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default 55 Gallon Brew Day

50 + 5, that is. Last Sunday, my friends brewed a 50 gallon batch, and I did a 5 gallon batch for competition while I helped a bit.

Here is the 50 gallon setup:



The boiling pot, also used to heat the mash and sparge water:



Here's the burner under the boiling pot:



The jacket:



Boiling pot in action:











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The mash:









The run-off into the grant:





Cooling:



Running into the fermenter, adding oxygen:





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The Starter:





Full fermenter:



Cleaning the lid:



And one last picture, a better view of the setup:

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And the 5 gallon setup was actually quite cozy:





Here's the run-off with a view of the other burner (and foil for splash-sparging)





Mash run-off:





The Mash Hops and First Wort Hops for my English IPA:



Teh boil:

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Cooling:



Run-off:



Drained:



Latte



Twas a productive day!

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Awesome!

Is that a 3-gallon carboy starter???? That's amazing!

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Yeah, it was because we were brewing a mild...usually it's five gallons

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I was just talking last week about a 3 gallon carboy on a stir plate. I guess it works? The reason is I can get a 3 gallon carboy for $15 bucks but a 4L flask cost me almost $40. Do you have to use a special stir bar for it? Does it work alright?

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Very neat. That's one big starter for sure...

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It uses a larger-than-normal stirbar, but we've tried different sizes and the really big ones don't work. It had trouble kicking up the yeast when it started to really flocculate at the end of the yeasts' peak, but it works very well, as you can see from the picture.

How well it works for you all depends on the stirplate.

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