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Old 08-29-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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So I was planning on making the 8-8-08 RIS that many of you guys made. So I was doing some planning and saw that when it was all said and done, after mash water (1.2 qt/lb) and sparge water (.5 gal/lb) I was going to end up with 13.6 gallons of wort. My problem is that I only have a 8 gallon boil pot.

My question for you guys is that, without going and buying another pot, what are my options here. Could I just split them up into seperate pots and then just gradually add them as I get more room in the boil pot?



 
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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Wait, how big of a batch are you planning on doing? You aren't really planning on boiling down 13.6 gallons to five, are you?


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Old 08-29-2008, 01:36 PM   #3
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If i did my sparge calculations right, i was going to

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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Wait, how big of a batch are you planning on doing? You aren't really planning on boiling down 13.6 gallons to five, are you?
For the 888, I boiled 11 gallons down to 5.5. I was still sparging at 1.040 and didn't want suck-fist efficiency.

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #5
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I'd just boil what you are comfortable with and add more as the volume lowers. I'd start the hop additions when you add the last gallon of wort - assuming a boil off rate of 1 gal. per hour.
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:39 PM   #6
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I agree, top it off as it boils down OR run it off in seperate sterilized containers to make starters or malt vinegar.

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:51 PM   #7
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This type of beer really begs to be partigyled rather than using a 4 hour boil fest. I would calculate out, via software of course, a grain bill and mash thickness that would yeild a 7 gallon preboil via first runnings only. When I did that for my barleywine partigyle, the gravity was worth about 60% of the entire grain bill potential. The sparge after that produced another 25%. The interesting thing is, 85% (the collective effieciency for the grain bill) is close to my normal efficiency. If yours is lower, like 70%, I'd assume 55% for first runnings and 15% for second.
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:58 PM   #8
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Bobby,

I've never heard of that term used before. Could you post a link that does a good job explaining this (or describe it yourself).

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:23 PM   #9
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Ryan, check out the top three links from a member of my club's site, it's a pretty comprehensive guide to parti-gyle brewing:

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Ryan, there are a lot of writeups out there on partigyle. The digest version is that you use a relatively large grainbill (you are anyway) and use the first runnings for your big beer and second runnings for a totally separate smaller beer. It's a way of getting as much beer for the grainbill as possible without having to do 4 hour boils. It uses a little more grain but you get twice as much beer.


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