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Old 11-30-2011, 06:02 AM   #1
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Default Who brews in 1 bbl batches?

So being the crazy bastard that I am, I really want to invest in some of those Blichmann 55 gal. boilermakers. Anyone have one? Is there a burner out there big enough to run one, and could you logically build a brutus system big enough to just brew in 1 bbl. batches?


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Old 11-30-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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Could you build it? Probably. It will be retardedly expensive though. But like you said, how are you going to heat something like that? Where are you going to ferment all that beer? How are you going to store/dispense it?

I'm reading Gordon Strong's book right now, and he homebrews on a 1/2 bbl system. Seems like a good compromise between versatility and batch size.


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Psycho Brew LLC Custom One Barrel Pilot Brewing Stations
Check out the psycho brewers link on the left of the homepage... there are some guys doing 1 barrel systems.
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[QUOTE="richbrew99"]Psycho Brew LLC Custom One Barrel Pilot Brewing Stations
Check out the psycho brewers link on the left of the homepage... there are some guys doing 1 barrel systems.[/QUOTE

There are a few breweries using blichmann 55 gallon boilermakers on the blichmann burner system.
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I brew on 55 gallon drums, which are more cost effective than Blichmanns, however I do ferment in their conicals.

I brew between 1bbl, and 1.5 bbls, depends on the gravity constraints, here is a link to the build, I fire it with 2-32 tip jet burners, and one direct-fire MT.

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I was thinking about using stainsteel drums in my brewery any trouble getting then by the ttb inspection?
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Thanks for the psychobrew link, maybe I'll just go that rout. Thanks.
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I've been in on a 1bbl brew, using the Blichman 55-gal beasts and the Blichman burners, running off NG. I think the total volume came in at 37 gallons or so.

What I can say is that we never got a really vigorous boil going - whenever we get around to doing this again, I suspect we'll be decking out that kettle in reflectix or something similar to help with this.

But non-vigorous boils aside, we did produce a mighty tasty california common ale. Just ran out of the last of it in the last month or so, and we brewed it right around this time last year!
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Sounds like a long brew day waiting for that much water to warm up.
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If you thinking of making a system that can do 1 bbl I would plan on going with an electric HERMS system. Check out www.theelectrichomebrewery.com. There system is based on a 10g batches but on there forums they talk about using the 55g blichman pots and upgrading the controler to 50 amp power. Once you get this big I would think switching to electric heating elements is the only way to go. I hope to do that one day when I have lots more money and time and and and... lol

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