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Thread: 4bbl in a 5bbl fermenter?

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    4bbl in a 5bbl fermenter?

    Our brewery, 2 BBL brewhouse, is looking for a 4 BBL unitank fermenter but we can only find 5s currently. Will there be a problem frementing 4 BBL in a 5 BBl uni?

    Cheers,
    Matt
    Cumberland Brews
    Louisville KY

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    Probably not a problem. The issue with oversized fermenters is usually that beer doesn't reach the cooling jacket, but since you'll be using 80% of the fermenter, you shouldn't have problems with that...

    Cheers, Tim

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    This sounds like an ideal tank for your needs as it will give you the appropriate amount of headspace for fermentation.

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    Using a 5 bbl. uni. might be a good way to up your production a bit. Since you'll have to double brew to fill the 5er, try to increase your cast-out wort by 1/2 bbl. per batch.

    David

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    Hi-gravity option

    You may also want to consider a high gravity brewing option - akin to what an extract home brewer does. The typically recommended method is to reconstitute AFTER fermentation, but I'd try it in the fermenter - beating the potential high ester problem seems advantageous in this method.

    If you don't mind experimenting, that is.
    S

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