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Old 11-08-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Does anybody else exclusively do double and triple batch brew days? Since I've started double batching I've done a few single-batch days and it seems very time inefficient. Including setup and cleanup it takes me about 4 hours to do 1 batch, but about 6 hours to do 2 batches or 8 hours to do 3. Just curious if anyone else feels the same way.

p.s. Clearly I don't have kids to be able to spend this much time at a crack in the garage.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:41 PM   #2
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I havent ventured into trying back to back brews yet but my AG batches run me about 6 hours for the whole process. I am working on an all electric setup and hopefully I can reduce my time for ramping temperatures with that.

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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I double batch simple single-infusion mashes in one day. I wish I could do 10 gallon batches...

If I'm doing a more-involved mash, I do those solo.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:00 PM   #4
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I don't really have a dedicated fermentation chamber, or I would. Right now I re-use my MLT as a swamp cooler. If I do a bigger split batch, or a double batch, usually one of them is something that can ferment warmer without as much temp control, or that I can stick in my kegerator in a corny and ferment colder. Since neither of those two things happen very often, most of the time I am stuck brewing one batch at a time.


If I could figure out a way to fit temperature controlled fermentation chamber somewhere, I would be on it in a second. But right now I don't even have a way to supply power to one in the only place I could fit it (garage).

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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I do a double every time I brew, triple a couple times.

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:22 PM   #6
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I would do doubles as an extract brewer, but now with AG its rare. The thing of it is that I brew for enjoyment, and after the first batch it starts to feel like work.

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:26 PM   #7
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As an AG brewer you really need to have a three vessel system. That way you can be mashing in the next batch as you're boiling your first. It's possible to knock out 3 batches in 6-8 hours if you can multi task well.

As an extract brewer, it would be a piece of cake, so long as you can chill your wort quickly.

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:28 PM   #8
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As an AG brewer you really need to have a three vessel system. That way you can be mashing in the next batch as you're boiling your first. It's possible to knock out 3 batches in 6-8 hours if you can multi task well.

As an extract brewer, it would be a piece of cake, so long as you can chill your wort quickly.
You kind of nailed me with that one... I do the ghetto style bucket transfer method. I've got 3 kids the nice 3 tier will be for my midlife crisis

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:01 PM   #9
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As an AG brewer you really need to have a three vessel system. That way you can be mashing in the next batch as you're boiling your first. It's possible to knock out 3 batches in 6-8 hours if you can multi task well.
Yeah that's a valid point that I didn't mention. There's absolutely no way that I would do it if I couldn't mash the second while I was boiling the first since that's where all of the time savings comes in.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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I recently started brewing up a 12 gallon batch of an ale and a 6 gallon batch of a different ale at the same time. I discovered that since I had a keggle MLT, a large round cooler MLT and a small round cooler MLT that I could fill my HLT up and heat the needed water for both batches at the same time. It does add a tiny amount to of time to my brew day but in the grand scheme of things I find it VERY effecient. HOWEVER it is not a laid back brew day when I do this. I am constantly busy for the 4-6 hours.
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