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Old 02-10-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Ok so I'm just about to take on my first AG brew tomorrow. The yeast is percolating hapily in its starter and I'm reviewing the recipe to make sure I have everything I need to get started and now I'm nervous.

I'm doing the BYO Aventinus Weizenbock (http://byo.com/recipe/714.html) and I need to mash 13.5 pounds of grain in 4.25 gallons of water... Will this all fit in my 5 gallon (cylinder cooler) tun? I'm having a hard time getting my brain around how the volume of the grain will work with that much water... Can I mash with less water than that? Would I need to? Can I reduce the amount of grain and mash water proportionally to better fit the cooler?

I know the easy answer is get a bigger tun, and for the next batch I definitely will, but I don't have the resources for this one... Please help!



 
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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There's several threads on this. Looks like people do 15 lbs at 1 quart per pound in a five gallon cooler. Seems like a real squeeze though and with all that wheat, tarball time. Maybe reduce everything 20% and do a 4 gallon batch?


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Old 02-10-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

Check this out, you can determine if you have enough mash tun volume

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Old 02-11-2007, 02:44 AM   #4
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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

Check this out, you can determine if you have enough mash tun volume

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Nice link was going to bookmark it but i can't see what ratio of water to grain they are using, prob just missed it cos i had a few home brews. If anyone more sober than me spots it or knows the answer please post it. Cheers .

 
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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You have probably already brewed. I think you can cram your recipe into that small mashtun and if you fly sparge and stir it while sparging you can probably make it work albeit somewhat inefficiently. I went to a 15.5 gal keggle for my mashtun and never looked back. It works great for all sorts of batch sizes. I can even do close to a 15 gal batch, fly sparging and babysitting the boil that is close to the top of the keggle boil kettle.

 
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:16 AM   #6
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Holy zombie thread....😠
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:43 AM   #7
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Lmao 7 years later. I would certainly hope he has brewed.


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Old 09-19-2014, 11:57 AM   #8
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You have probably already brewed.

And the understatement of the year award goes to......

No he's still trying to figure out his mash tun volumes. Will somebody please help him. I think he'll need some new yeast and probably grain too.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:39 PM   #9
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