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Old 01-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #491
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How is it easy to do 10 gallon batches with the 15 gallon kettle? I had planned to go with a 3 keggle system and do 10 gallon batches, but the cheapest I can find sanke kegs are $100 each, plus at least $100 to ship them to me. This price alone has me considering staying with 5 gallon batches and doing BIAB with a blichmann 10 gallon kettle. If I can do 10 gallons once in a while I'd spring for the 15 gallon...
not sure where you live but checking craigslist for kegs can locate several kegs that are $35-55. Or make friends with a bar owner or bartender. a lot of times they'll have a keg or 2 that they can't return to their supplier. they'll either give them to you or sell them real cheap. 10 gallons is very easy in a 15 gallon kettle or a 15.5 gallon keggle. On real big beers you might have to dunk sparge to get enough wort to boil down for 10 gallons but it is very possible.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #492
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It's near impossible to find kegs for sale on classifieds here. I live in Newfoundland and bars with beer in tap aren't common. While I worked for a grocery distributers I talked to countless bar owners and restaurant owners and nobody would sell me a keg. Closest I can find them are from a recycling company in Ontario. Brewing supplies are very expensive here. Anything out of the ordinary has to be special ordered.
I called the bigger brewing supply store in the area to order a blichmann beer gun and they hadn't even heard of blichmann, and I had to actually explain what the beer gun was. They got some beer guns and 10 gallon kettles in stock now. Beer guns are $129 with the accessory kit and the 10 gallon kettles are $399. Bigger ones have to be ordered. I wish there was a cheaper solution to this but I'm not sure which route I want to go with my brewing because of the lack of supplies and high prices. I'd much rather do 10 gallon batches, but doing 5 mostly and a 10 gallon once in an while would be manageable.

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:46 AM   #493
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How is it easy to do 10 gallon batches with the 15 gallon kettle? I had planned to go with a 3 keggle system and do 10 gallon batches, but the cheapest I can find sanke kegs are $100 each, plus at least $100 to ship them to me. This price alone has me considering staying with 5 gallon batches and doing BIAB with a blichmann 10 gallon kettle. If I can do 10 gallons once in a while I'd spring for the 15 gallon...

You should have no problems doing 10 gallon with a 15 gallon kettle using BIAB.

You might need to topup a little bit after the mash, but that's about it. And if you're topping up, you might as well pour the topup water through your bag and call it a sparge

If you *really* wanted you could produce 10 gallons with a 10 gallon kettle, but you'd have to do sparging, pre, post and boiltime topups and its a big PITA. Lookup Maxi-BIAB to find how
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:48 AM   #494
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Yeah I guess it wouldn't be too difficult. I've done a 6 gallon batch in a 32qt kettle so it would be the same process just more liquid and grains.

How many of you 5 gallon BIAB guys are happy staying with 5 gallons? I'm basically the only one drinking my brew, so maybe I should just stick with 5...

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:01 AM   #495
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what is the largest batch size that can be done with this method?

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:55 AM   #496
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what is the largest batch size that can be done with this method?
In this "method" Spiedel makes a 200 liter machine. It includes a lift arm to winch up the grain.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:23 PM   #497
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All you guys out there doing 5 gallon batches, are you happy with that? I'm usually the only one drinking my brew, so I'm starting to think 5 gallon batches will be enough for my needs. How many 5 gallon guys wish they had the equipment for bigger batches?

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:58 PM   #498
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All you guys out there doing 5 gallon batches, are you happy with that? I'm usually the only one drinking my brew, so I'm starting to think 5 gallon batches will be enough for my needs. How many 5 gallon guys wish they had the equipment for bigger batches?
I'm happy with 6 gallon batches. If I don't get two full cases of beer in the end out, it leaves me feeling unfulfilled. Literally and figuratively. If my batch size is only five, I only end up with ~42-45 bottles.

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #499
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I do 5 gallon BIAB batches. Usually brew once a month on average. Enough to keg one batch and then bottle the next batch keeping the pipeline full. If I brewed in larger batches it would be less effort, but I'd get less variety which I don't want to give up.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #500
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm still doing starter kits, and start with 23 liters/6 gallons, though i always say 5 gallon batches. This usually leaves me with right at, or damn near 5 gallons to bottle. No matter which batch size I decide to use I'll be shooting a little higher to end up with 5/10 gallons into the kegs.
Thats a good point, the smaller batches allowing for more variety in brewing. Great input guys keep it coming!

 
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