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On average, how much do you usually have fermenting at one time?

5 or less.  I wait until I bottle or keg to start my next batch.
5 to 10 gallons.
10 to 15 gallons
15 to 20 gallons
20 to 25 gallons
25 or more gallons.  I keep a lot going!
It varies quite a bit, so I couldn't choose any of the other options.
I brew as a profession, so I have large batches and put 30 gallons or more up at a time.

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KernelCrush

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2014, 04:50:11 PM »
Sheesh!  I'm the only one in the 25 gallon bracket.  I'm starting to believe what my wife says.  Hi! My names KernelCrush and I guess I'm an alco.. :-[

HaerBob you must not have voted.  Help me out.

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2014, 07:29:10 PM »
Here's what I dealt with yesterday:



That's 20 of the 35-ish gallons I had fermenting before yesterday. The mead (far left) went into tertiary and is the only one still in fermentation/aging. The other three (all beers) were kegged and/or bottled. I still have 5 gallons of melomel in primary, a wimperial stout (imperial that missed the mark) in primary, and a citrus stout-ish thing fermented with San Fran lager resting in the fermentation chamber at 34dF. In my defense, ten of those gallons in the picture were brewed specifically for an event that we were informed today that we are not allowed to bring alcohol to. Oops.

How I haven't been run out of my house by my extremely patient and understanding wife is beyond me. But, don't fret Kernel—I'm with you.

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2014, 02:22:21 AM »
Thanks CM, I don't feel so bad now.  The tint on your mead hints at grapefruit?

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2014, 03:09:11 AM »
Sheesh!  I'm the only one in the 25 gallon bracket.  I'm starting to believe what my wife says.  Hi! My names KernelCrush and I guess I'm an alco.. :-[

My beer inventory shows about 5000 gallons fermenting or on tap. You're not alone KC, just understaffed.
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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2014, 05:55:50 AM »
Not to mention ridiculously underpaid! 

KernelCrush

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2014, 08:39:33 AM »
CM, it looks in the pic like you have a 1/4 flare barb coming out your carboy cap for transfer pressure.  Nice idea!  I keep losing pressure with my method and the transfer slows or stops.  What do you set your gage at?

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2014, 12:29:44 PM »
I do 5 gallon all grain batches.  I have a 4 tap keezer and try to keep it stocked.  Since I am cheap, I tend to make a string of beers based on 1 yeast.  Brew 1, ferment it, when time to rack to secondary I brew the second heavier beer and pour onto first's yeast cake, and so on.

So this is very interesting to me.  Do you need to do anything other than pouring the new wort on the old yeast cake?  This is done in the primary?  I assume the beers have to be similar varieties?  How do you deal with the residual hops?

So many things to consider.
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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2014, 12:38:05 PM »
Hard to answer this one.  I just started in January, got a kit for Christmas from my mother.  Came with an AG batch and an extract.  Ran both of those and then tried another partial.  I didnt drink a lot of beer before but, well, um, I think I have increased significantly.  I found a local Brew Supply company and they do a recipe at 1/2 price every month, so I guess I am a one a monther right now.  With a random batch thrown in occasionally. :o
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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2014, 02:12:34 PM »
I do 5 gallon all grain batches.  I have a 4 tap keezer and try to keep it stocked.  Since I am cheap, I tend to make a string of beers based on 1 yeast.  Brew 1, ferment it, when time to rack to secondary I brew the second heavier beer and pour onto first's yeast cake, and so on.

So this is very interesting to me.  Do you need to do anything other than pouring the new wort on the old yeast cake?  This is done in the primary?  I assume the beers have to be similar varieties?  How do you deal with the residual hops?

So many things to consider.

Yes, you can just rack your cooled wort right onto the yeast cake of the previous primary.  I give it some oxygen, but nearly as much as when I use fresh yeast.  Some people don't worry a lot about the previous recipe.  I'm not in that group.

Not necessarily similar varieties, but ....

Some things to consider are:
You're overpitching yeast. If you don't want to overpitch yeast, then this isn't for you.
If it has a lot of hop bits, then you might not want to do so.  I bag my hops in the boil, so I don't have much in the primary, so it isn't a concern for me.
Go from lighter beers to darker beers.
Go from lower gravity to higher gravity.

Another option is to harvest yeast from the primary.  Keep it in canning jars in the refrigerator.  You can usually get 3 or 4 pint jars of yeast out of each primary.  Third or Fourth generation is usually the best.  After that, your yeast will probably start going downhill.

I did a tutorial on this a while back.  If I can find it, I'll post a link here.

Found it:  http://www.beersmith.com/forum/index.php/topic,10396.0.html
« Last Edit: June 13, 2014, 02:16:36 PM by Scott Ickes »
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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2014, 04:27:18 PM »
You are overpitching by 100's of percent with this method.  Check out page 164 of the yeast book.  I cant believe I am memorizing page numbers.  The conclusion there is 'does it make beer?  Yes.  Does it make great beer?  No.  I clean my fermenter and my yeast each time.

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2014, 05:54:50 PM »
You are overpitching by 100's of percent with this method.  Check out page 164 of the yeast book.  I cant believe I am memorizing page numbers.  The conclusion there is 'does it make beer?  Yes.  Does it make great beer?  No.  I clean my fermenter and my yeast each time.

I do agree.  The only time I've done it, was when I made my Tootsie Roll Stout.  That one had a starting gravity of 1.142, so a huge amount of yeast was necessary.  With the intense chocolate flavor and high alcohol content (16.5% ABV), any off flavors from overpitching would be completely hidden by the chocolate and alcohol, in my humble opinion.
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 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2014, 06:16:53 PM »
I neither pitch onto the cake nor do I store yeast in mason jars. What I try to do is rack and brew on the same day.  I reserve a half cup or so of sludge when I rack to be used later the same day.  This allows me to get three or four batches off of one package of yeast.
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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2014, 06:17:41 PM »
for the heck of it I plugged 2 uses of pitch on cake into brewers friend.  after 2 uses it is showing almost 10 times the normal rate. That doesn't factor in cell death of course, or stressed live ones.  I am messing next weekend with underpitching somewhat with very fresh yeast and very small (almost no growth) starter. 

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2014, 06:20:05 PM »
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What I try to do is rack and brew on the same day.

Ive been doing the same.  It really sucks when you HAVE to brew when your yeast is ready.  Terrible.

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Re: How much do you brew?
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2014, 06:55:49 PM »
for the heck of it I plugged 2 uses of pitch on cake into brewers friend.  after 2 uses it is showing almost 10 times the normal rate. That doesn't factor in cell death of course, or stressed live ones.  I am messing next weekend with underpitching somewhat with very fresh yeast and very small (almost no growth) starter. 

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That's 1,844,000,000,000 yeast cells (1844 billion)!  That many yeast cells will chew through a wort very quickly.  It's like putting 10,000 head of cattle on one acre of land.  Not ideal for the land or the cattle!
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

Scott Ickes
https://creativebrewing.wordpress.com