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mlyday

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Did my first 10 gallon batch and learned a few things I thought might be helpful for people making the same jump.

1. With a 60 minute mash, you need to start heating the 9 gallons of sparge water immediatly after getting the mash going. Especially when it under 30 degrees outside.

2. 10 gallons in a pot is moveable, but you wont be lifting and pouring it. A pump or gravity fed stand is needed. I was able to deal with it, by having a 8 gallon and a 5 gallon pot to transfer water and wort around. Definatly not ideal.

3. When you run a 20lb propane tank that hard for that long, in that cold temp, it will freeze up. Having a spare to switch to saved me.

4. My small immersion chiller doesnt really cut it for 10 gallon batches.
 
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Besides the few logistical problems, the brew went well, and the blowoff was cranking away this morning.
 

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I just did my first 10 gallon batch about 2 weeks ago and I calculated that the total weight of my kettle and boil water was about 150 lbs and that there was no way that I was moving it. I bought a new 1/2" autosiphon for the batch for faster transfer than the smaller one and so my old one could be used as a backup in case anything went wrong. I also made a new 1/2" dia 50ft immersion chiller for the batch and paired it with a paint mixer to slowly whirlpool the wort since I dont have a pump to run a Jamil Chiller.

Oh and I need to build a stand for my burner because there is not enough height when trying to siphon into my fermenters.
 

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I weigh 140 lbs soaking wet and I lift 10-11 gallons of wort in my 20 gallon Stainless kettle from the ground to a 4' high counter top every time I brew alone! Granted, this is after I chill it down to 65F so I can just wrap my arms around the kettle and lift.

That was until I learned that siphoning the wort into the fermenter is for the birds! Now I just insert a sanitized funnel on my carboys and pour the wort in using a sanitized sauce pan which helps aerate and allows me to transfer my wort 2-3X as fast!
 
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Well I did carry 11 gallons down the basement stairs. But with 9 gallons of 190 degree water I wasnt going to be lifting it and pouring it into the mash tun, that was allready on a table. I collected the first runnings in the 8 gallon pot. transfered the sparge water with the 4 gallon, until it was all in the mashtun, poured the 8 into the 15 then used the 8 to transfer the rest from the mashtun.

I dont think I will carry the kettle that full down the stairs again. Ill sanitize a few of my buckets and take it down that way. Being that I brew in the driveway and ferment in the basement, I have to transport it some way.
 
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My next house is going to have a polebarn with a brew room, where all this will be in on spot.
 
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