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Old 03-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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Hi all!! Long time lurker, new to posting here. I've got a new 5gal AG system from Northern Brewer that i'm getting ready to break in. I want to do a Stone Ruination clone with a kit from AHBS.
The grain bill on this kit is ~13lbs. Without having used this system yet, will this grain bill fit in my 5gal AG setup?

What is the "biggest" beer I can fit comfortably in my 5gal baby setup? Thanks for the help. Cheers!

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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When you say "5gal AG system" what exactly are you referring to? I went to their site and didn't see anything matching that exact description.

A 10gal round mash tun will hold > 17lbs of grain + mash water.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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Check out Green Bay Rackers

They say you'll need 5.1 gallons for 13 lbs of grain. You'll never make it. I bet you'll blow up trying. Anyway, looks like it'll be tight but it will work out alright.

Don't forget your safety glasses if you will potentially explode.

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #4
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When you say "5gal AG system" what exactly are you referring to? I went to their site and didn't see anything matching that exact description.

A 10gal round mash tun will hold > 17lbs of grain + mash water.

Sorry if my post was a bit vague. This is what I have:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...-5-gallon.html

I'm really looking to get a "bigger" IPA going, but i'm starting to think that my 5gal MLT is not going to cut the bill. What would you suggest as far as a bigger IPA, that will fit in this MLT? Or even a lower gravity, smaller IPA. Just looking for input, and what I can fit in this thing, as this is going to be my first batch with it.
Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #5
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Sorry if my post was a bit vague. This is what I have:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...-5-gallon.html

I'm really looking to get a "bigger" IPA going, but i'm starting to think that my 5gal MLT is not going to cut the bill. What would you suggest as far as a bigger IPA, that will fit in this MLT? Or even a lower gravity, smaller IPA. Just looking for input, and what I can fit in this thing, as this is going to be my first batch with it.
Thanks in advance.
Your 5 gallon MLT will not hold that much grain and water. I would recommend a 10 gallon mash tun.

13lbs of grain * 1.25 = 16.25 quarts of water or 4.0625 gallons. It would be close but I don't think it will work.

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:18 PM   #6
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I say it will fit. So does Northern Brewer.

"Five-gallon all grain system with mash/lauter tun and hot liquor tank. Capable of mashing and lautering enough grist for a five-gallon batch of even a fairly heavy beer — it maxes out at about 15 pounds. "


13.1<15 It's going to be a squeeze, but you'll be fine.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:25 PM   #7
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13 pounds is about the absolute max I'll go in my 5 gallon.

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:27 PM   #8
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You could always go a little lighter on your water to grain ratio. It might affect efficiency a little, but it will still make beer. Just take a pre boil gravity reading and bump up the gravity with some light dme if needed.
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13 pounds is also my max with my 5 gallon igloo. It's a very tight fit, so if you miss the mash temp and have to add hot/cold water, it won't work. You can't really do a beer "bigger" than an OG of about 1.060ish in a 5 gallon MLT.

I can fit 24 pounds of grain in my 10 gallon igloo MLT.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:33 PM   #10
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Don't believe the nay-sayers...13lb is no problem. Just adjust your mash thickness down. Anything above 1 is fine, that's probably how NB ended up with their 15lb estimation, comes out to 19.8qts total at a 1:1 ratio.

I know it's a kit, but make sure to mash low, oxygenate, and pitch an appropriate amount of healthy yeast. A good IPA, in my opinion needs good attenuation so that the hops can shine through. Get that IPA going!

 
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