Originally Posted by ryno1981
I think I'm going to cut my recipe in half and try it with a 2.5 gallon batch. Thanks for your help
While you can certainly cut your recipe in half and brew twice, you do have other options if you are more of an adventurous type...
To those that say you can't brew five gallons in a five gallon kettle, I say, well just hold on a minute, perhaps we can??
Mash all the grain in your 5 gallon kettle w/ say 3 gallons of water at say 162
for an hour...the resultant temp should be low 150's
After an hour, add water (hotter the better) to bring the level near the rim of your five gallon kettle....stir well, wait 5 minutes and stir again...wait a few minutes and remove the bag...
Measure how much wort you have in the kettle and subtract that from 5 and call it X.
Put X amount of water in a bucket or whatever you have and then dunk sparge the bag in the sparge water...open the bag and stir to rinse the grain well.
Fill your 5 gallon kettle w/ 4.25 to 4.5 gallons that you have collected, both in the kettle and from the bucket and begin boiling...as you boil down keep adding the runnings from the bucket to the boil to keep around 4 to 4.5 gallons until you have boiled all the collected wort for at least 15 minutes after your last wort addition to the kettle.
End result, you have over 4 gallons of nice boiled wort, chill and add top off water to make 5 gallons.
Sure you might not make prize winning efficiency, but you will have nearly a full 5 gallon batch and may get decent efficiency to boot, w/ an 11 lb grain bill youcan afford moderate efficiency IMHO.
This is common practice over at BIABbrewer.com or whatever they call it???
You can also collect 4.5 gallons and boil, then top off with water...topping off as you boil w/ runnings will help efficiency.
Sounds difficult, but really not that hard....cheers!