Monday, February 28, 2011

Realistic kegging needs for 50 gallons of beer

I will need 10 kegs total.

I own four right now, and I think I will order an additional four for $160. I plan on borrowing the other 2.

Now, I will only have a 3 tap kegerator (more to come on that, it's only a one tap today)

So I only need liquid hookups for 3 kegs, but for carbonating, I will need to find a way to pressurize all 10!

Ordering about 6 barbed disconnects for $7 each. Going barbed for this, I am going MFL when I build a keezer (after the wedding)

Now, I only have a single regulator now and a 3 way valve, that will have to suffice. I may step up and get this additional 4 way distributor.

CO2 tank -> 3 way valve -> five of these tee's = ten kegs charging.

Of course, I will also need to get some additional tubing to run all of this, and some small worm clamps.
Most of the CO2 charging will occur at room temperature, as I don't have cold capacity for 10 kegs and the CO2 tank anywhere.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The morning after.... Some awesome news

All 45 gallons is in high krausen and fermenting this morning.   Yes, I cleared that airlock  :)


The day... she is done!

This pic was at 7:50am


First 10g in mash tun then..

Around 11am.. Another two brewers


The results after 14 hours... 45 gallons of 4 varieties....



  • 15g Pale Ale
  • 10g Kolsch
  • 10g IPA
  • 5g Honey Hibiscus Wit
  • 5g Vanilla Bourbon Porter
The only thing we didn't make was the second Wit.  Supposed to be 10G there, kind of ran out of steam at end of day.

More to come.   Fermentation has started on ALL 9 carboys.  Now its monitor, wait, then barrel & keg!

Monday, February 14, 2011

More awesome updates

Some pretty awesome updates.. I spoke with Marcus at Brewers Equipment and told him I was on a tight timeline but that I really wanted a brewstand before the big brew day. He totally came through for me and this was delivered today. I still need to mount everything to it and configure it, but it's HERE IN TIME! And with spare time for a test run maybe too!

Still need an additional propane tank, and some additional home depot type goodies.

From the top - I added the Banjo burners on Marcus' site.

Underside, here you can see the propane tapped into the frame.
Here, you can see the tank holder, casters, and the overall awesomeness.


I cannot WAIT to try this thing out!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yeast Starters have been made

Cali ale, belgian wit, dry english ale and Kolsch starters have been made.  OG of 1.045 across the board.  Come on yeasties!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

All ingredients now on hand!

Made the final run to AHS to get all my ingredients!  (Everything in bold yesterday plus 6 airlocks and stoppers)

Went and picked up my "rental" carboys.  Seven for $140 in deposits, $100 in water (oof!)  Buying new was $244..   lets just call this one a wash?


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recipe and Equipment planning!

Well, we are now 16 days away from the big brew day.  I have worked on the recipe and equipment list, and this is the breakdown so far.

We recently scaled back the guest list, so the magic number is now 50 gallons of beer.  Below is the breakdown on the recipes and the ingredients we are planning on making.  All Ale's, and mostly 2 row base malt to make the purchasing easier.

This overall is going to break down into three 10 gallon batches, and  four five gallon batches.  In the table below, the hop and grain and other needs are all in 5 gallon sizes.  This all should work out to a total of 50 gallons of beer in 10 carboys.  :D
Gallons Needed
Equipment Planned
Hop Bill
Grain Bill
Yeast Needs
Other Needs
Haus Pale Ale
Chris 10g, 1 5g
2oz Cascade
8lbs 2 row
2lbs Vienna
1lb C10

Honey Hibiscus Wit
2 5g
2oz Hallertauer
4.5lbs 2 row
1.75lbs wheat malt
1lb white wheat malt
.5 oz Coriander
.5 oz Bitter Orange Peel
4 oz Hibiscus
1lb honey
Old School IPA
2 5g
2oz cluster
1oz Northern Brewer
1oz Yakima Golding
1oz YG (dry hopped)

9.5lb 2 row
1.75lb Munich
1/2lb C60

Texas Kolsch
Chris 10g

3oz Crystal
8.5lb 2 row
1.25 Wheat Malt
.5 Cara-Pils/Dextrine

Vanilla Bourbon Porter
1 5g
.75 Magnum
1 oz EKG

11 lbs 2 row
2.5 Munich Malt
1.5 brown malt
1 C120
.5 C40
.5 Chocolate Malt
2 vanilla beans in secondary

Summarized Grain Bill:
96 lbs of 2 row
6 lbs of Vienna
4.25 lbs of Wheat Malt
4.25 lbs of Munich malt
3 lbs of C10
1.5 Brown Malt
1 lb of C120
1 lbs of white wheat malt
.5 lb of C60
.5 lb of C40
.5 chocolate malt

Summarized Hop Bill:
15 oz Crystal
6 oz Cascade
2 oz Hallertauer
2 oz Cluster
2 oz Yakima Golding
1 oz Northern Brewer
1 oz East Kent Goldings
.75 oz Magnum

** Things in bold are things I still need to purchase at the LHBS, which is Austin Homebrew Supply.

Equipment List

2 10 gallon keggles (HLT and BK)  (possibly a third by brew day!)
1 5 gallon brew kettle
1 10 gallon MashTun
2 propane burners  (5 if my stand comes from Brewers Equipment comes in time!)
2 20lb propane tanks
Grain mill
10x20 tent in case of weather
5 carboys on hand, renting 7 more!

5g BK
10g MT

5g BK
Propane tank and burner

There are also a few people that are going to be around to help - sanitizing, watching, sparging, etc… 

Of course, if you are in Austin, and want to help, please let me know!

And since no post is fun without a picture - we got 72 of these in the mail last week!  Talk about motivational!