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5-7 hours 32 35.16%
7-8 hours 18 19.78%
8-9 hours 16 17.58%
10+ hours 25 27.47%
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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I just had a pretty long brew day yesterday & it got me thinking, some one has to have had a longer day that I had.

The recipe was based on one out of byo mag. sweet potatoe esb. I made it 10 gallons.
Ist I peeled and mashed 10 lbs of sweet potatoes and toasted some pale malt for 45 minutes. then I realized that the mash wouldnt fit in my 10 gallon cooler, I then had to convert one of my kegs into a mash tun ( based this on somewhat on flyguy's cooler conversion). mashed for 1hr and started the 1st runnings of the batch sparge. the run off had to have taken all of 2.5 hours. I think the mashed potatoes gummed up the braid. I forgot to start the sparge water until the run over was about 3/4 the way through.

So after all is said and done the day lasted just under 12 hours!



 
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:01 PM   #2
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ALthough very uncommon and I doubt it will happen again for a long long time, I had a 24 Hour Brewday. But other than that i think the longest was 6-7 hours.

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Old 09-19-2007, 05:02 PM   #3
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Shortest 3.5 hours for an AG
12 hours for 3 back to back AG with breaks in between.,
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:12 PM   #4
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double brew day 10+. I think I had a nightmare brewday once that came close to 10 as well. 105+ ambient temp, manifold fell off in tun, 1st time with a cfc; stuck kettle filter, no pump. water temp from tap at 85+. no immersion chiller anymore. Dude's house bitter. Had to be dumped.

I try to forget that day.

 
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:20 PM   #5
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sorry to bring up bad memories but for me its some thing to learn from.
Im not planning on another sweet potatoe beer but if I do make this beer again I will add chopped potatoes instead of mashed.

 
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:31 PM   #6
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Little over 10 hours, boiling down a big barley wine.

 
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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About 11 hours for two AG batches. Did that once and never again!
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:03 PM   #8
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boiled down a big AG beer....took forever...I think I'll just add some extract next time....
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:10 PM   #9
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Well hehe. Mine was a stiff lesson in how not to do things. First thing that was stupid, and you should never do is add day old soured mash into the tun with all the other stuff and try to get it to convert. Also don't try this in conjunction with grinding raw wheat on 'new' (aka. smaller-than-usual) roller gap settings. Horrible time consuming problem #1, conversion took something like (can't recall exactly how long) but something like 7 hrs due to the low pH. Time consuming problem #2, the lauter and sparge took basically overnight. I'd wake up at regular intervals to add more water to the 5 gallon cooler.

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Old 09-20-2007, 05:32 PM   #10
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I just took a good look at the keg mash tun & I noticed the steel braid was kind of crimped almost right by the out connection. that must have been my run off problem. any one else had this problem. I think I have read some where about putting some plastic tubing in the braid, I think this would be an issue if I direct heat the keg though. anyone have any ideas?



 
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