10 gallon batches

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  1. CRUNK

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    Gonna try a 10 gallon batch next weekend. Fingers crossed I can do it in a 10 gallon cooler, and a 15 gallon boil kettle.

    Grain bill is 20 lbs.
     
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    It'll be tight but I've done it before, just watch for possible boil over.
     
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    Excellent tip! :D:D:D
     
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    I'll be closely monitoring.
     
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    15 gal boiled down to 10? How long of a boil is that?

    Nevermind, I read that as you were going for a 15 gal boil and not that you were using a 15 gal kettle.:rolleyes:
     
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    At-a-boy Crunk! I'm pulling for ya!
     
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    Soon gonna be visiting you for brew day mase. I'll be bringing some helles.
     
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    I do it all the time. No problems but watch out for boil over. Keep a spray bottle of cold water and a stir spoon handy and you should be good. When brewing 2 batches at a time that's when it gets a little trickier. You can mash up to 25#s of grain in a ten gal. if you thicken your mash to 1.3
     
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    I only brew 12 gallon batches now with a finished beer volume at 10 gallons in the kegs but I have 20 and 25 gallon pots so no boil overs for me, the 25 is the boil kettle and in most cases I start with 15 gallons of wort for vigorous boil and 14 for a light boil, I lose 1/2 gallon through my system if your wandering so I stop at 12 1/2 in the boil kettle, this also allows me to save some wort for starters and drain only clear wort into the kegs so yes I lose allot but the finished beer is much better sooner for doing it this way
     
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    Thanks everyone for the information, now I have no fear about brewing a 10 gallon batch.
     
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    Good luck Crunk you got this;) your chill time will also be longer on larger volume and of course your yeast pitch/starter volume.
     
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    I have made the adjustments to accommodate a 10 gallon batch as long as my equipment handles the volume well, I am pretty sure 10 gallon batches will be my normal brewday, as I go through 5 gallons, before the next batch is ready to drink.

    I'm also investing in 4 to 6 more kegs and a keezer. I will have a total of 10 kegs, so if I brew 10 gallons every 2 to 3 weeks, I should be able to maintain a solid supply of beer, and allowing time for every batch to have plenty of lagering/conditioning time.
     
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    I'm curious how you handle the small cooler size, I have a 10 gallon Igloo cooler and a 16 gallon pot so I'm interested in giving it a try myself. I normally batch sparge so I'd be interested to hear what you do.
     
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    That will work for a normal 1060 or below beer , the cooler will be almost full and the pot will be too just stir and spray for the hot break and you'll be fine
     
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    I guess my thought on it is will I need to sparge multiple times? I feel like with that much grain I won't get enough water into the cooler in 1 batch. I'm not sure it's really an issue but it's got me at a pause.
     
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    You just need to run it slow and maybe twice, fly sparing is best for large amounts
     
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    Man, but batch sparging is so much better for my being lazy. ;)
     
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    yup , im set up for automatic fly sparge but it takes an hour so the time all adds up to 6 or 7 hours for me
     
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    I'm not set up at all for fly sparging so I'm a bit hesitant to mix it up now. I may just have to run multiple batches and hope for the best.
     
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    so drain the mash wort into the kettle then fill with water then drain it into a bucket and pour it back on top one or two more times
     

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