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Title: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on November 13, 2010, 02:06:48 PM
Seems like everybody that posts is doing something with 2-3 batches (bottling, racking, brewing, etc) at any given time on our weekends.  Out of curiosity, what's your personal record for brewing or moving in a weekend?
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 13, 2010, 02:57:04 PM
I have done 2 ten gallon batches pitched onto yeast cakes in one day so that means kegging 20 gallons and brewing 20 gallons.  It was a a pretty long intense day so I probably won't do that again soon.  Two weekends ago  I brewed 10 gallons of Imperial oatmeal stout, a 10 gallons of rye IPA and 5 gallons of crabapple cider.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: bluesman on November 13, 2010, 03:19:18 PM
Gawd...I try not to think about those weekends.  ;)

But seriously. I've made ten gallons, kegged ten gallons and bottled five gallons for a total of 25 gallons of beer processing in one weekend. Keep in mind that I only have a 10 gallon system whereas I know of some other folks here that have have upwards of 45 gallon systems, but it's the motions that one has to go through in order to process any given quantity that is important here.

Cheers
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: Tim McManus on November 13, 2010, 03:23:54 PM
Brewed three 10-gallon all grain batches back-to-back and kegged two 10-gallon batches.  It was a 15-hour day.  Good times, good times.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: tygo on November 13, 2010, 03:30:39 PM
This weekend (well, including Monday) I'm bottling three five gallon batches and brewing two more.  That's pretty close to the most I've ever done in a weekend. 
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: denny on November 13, 2010, 05:32:24 PM
I think for me it's 2 10 gal. batches, one no sparge and the other the 2nd runnings.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 13, 2010, 06:22:46 PM
I've done 10 gallons of IPA, 10 gallons of Scottish 60/-, and 5 gallons of Saison in one weekend, but I don't recall if I also kegged anything.  That kind of schedule only happens when my wife takes the kids somewhere and I have to stay behind and do a little work at the lab maintaining experiments. :)
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: gordonstrong on November 13, 2010, 06:26:37 PM
I think I've brewed five batches in one weekend (3 Saturday, 2 Sunday) a few times when in NHC mode.  Don't recall the batch sizes; probably 5, but some could have been 10.  Both fit on my system, and it's not much extra work/time.  Depends on how much I need.  One batch takes about 5 hours; each additional batch adds about 2 hours.  Better have all your supplies stored up, especially propane and water...

Don't remember if there was racking/packaging going on at the same time.  I often do keg maintenance and other random beer things while brewing, although when I stack up batches like this, I'm usually prepping the next batch while brewing the current batch.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: rbclay on November 13, 2010, 06:47:45 PM
It might be this weekend for me! 5 gallons Dark Mild on Thursday, 5 gallons Cream Ale last night/this morning, another 5 gallons Hobgoblin Brown Ale tonight. I'd brew tomorrow night too but the Steelers are on!
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: denny on November 13, 2010, 07:36:17 PM
A friend has 3 systems and usually does 2 10 gal. and 1 5 gal. batch simultaneously.  On more than one occasion, he's forgotten which was which when it came to hop additions!
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 13, 2010, 08:33:33 PM
with my old single propane burner setup it took 8 hours to brew 5 gallons, but with my 3 tiered converted keg system I routinely do 10 gallons in 6 hours.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on November 13, 2010, 09:18:23 PM
with my old single propane burner setup it took 8 hours to brew 5 gallons, but with my 3 tiered converted keg system I routinely do 10 gallons in 6 hours.

Wow!! 8 hours?!  I think with cleaning included, and an all grain recipe the longest I've done is 5 hours. 
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 13, 2010, 09:59:40 PM
with my old single propane burner setup it took 8 hours to brew 5 gallons, but with my 3 tiered converted keg system I routinely do 10 gallons in 6 hours.

Wow!! 8 hours?!  I think with cleaning included, and an all grain recipe the longest I've done is 5 hours. 
It was a really inefficient set up. Close to an hour to heat the strike water with my crappy burner and mill the grains.   I mashed in my kettle, then transferred the mash to a ZapPap for lautering. Then I had to clean the kettle before I could start sparging.   Fly sparging with a saucepan took at least an hour, usually more.  Then getting a boil took almost an hour.  My  how time flew while I has having such a good time.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: zymurgy4all on November 13, 2010, 10:46:04 PM
Well I will have to say it wasn't a weekend, but this past Veteran's day (Thursday).  Since I was off work and a veteran of OIF, I decided to have a personal day of brewing all day long.  I brewed 10+ gallons of pale ale on my all-grain system, started a 5 gallon batch of cider, and brewed two different extract 5 gallon batches in the evening with one of the cadets I sponsor.  I now have 25 gallons fermenting at my house.  I'm completely worn out, but it sure is comforting to know how much beverage is on the way!

Cheers,
Stephen
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: pweis909 on November 14, 2010, 12:08:39 AM
Two.  Whether we're talking starting a beer or bottling, my record is two.  Two in one day.  Not too long ago, I added to a thread about biggest screw-ups.  All of my wost mistakes come when I try to do too much at once.  My schedule doesn't permit me to brew so often, so I am tempted to try to double up when I get the chance.  For me, doubling up = screwing up.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: marty on November 14, 2010, 12:57:40 AM
brewed 5 batches one day, never again

4 is even pushing it, 3 is no problem

I can't brew that often due to other obligations, so I like to make the day worth it, especially since it's normally a vacation day taken for the purpose, or sometimes one day out of a holiday weekend
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: realbeerguy on November 14, 2010, 03:27:10 AM
The 24 Gal Boys of Savannah (Kernel Dustjacket, Vince X, & yours truley) did 40 brewing units one day.  5 units Weizenbock, 35 nits Weissbier.  Could have pulled another 10-15 Berlinner Weisse if we had the carboys availble.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: bluesssman on November 14, 2010, 03:59:11 AM
I have done two 10 gallon batches in one day, but needed the next day to recuperate! I do my normal 10 gallon brews in about 5 hours including clean up.

Gary
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: micsager on November 15, 2010, 04:51:35 PM
If you count Friday night, I've brewed three, ten gallon batches, kegged ten gallsons, and drank "about" ten gallons.  LOL.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: JKL on November 15, 2010, 05:11:47 PM
I've had a couple 3 batch (5 gal) days.  Boy that's hard work!  I think the 1st time it took me almost 12 hours or so.  I remember my back was killin' me the next day.  The second I must of streamlined it somehow 'cause I think I did it in around 9-10 hrs.   
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: tom on November 15, 2010, 05:22:12 PM
Two 10 gallon batches on Saturday and two on Sunday. Once.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: morticaixavier on November 15, 2010, 05:28:24 PM
I just bottled a 5 gallon batch and brewed a 5 gallon batch in a day. it took about 5.5 hours including a nice 90 minute drive in the country while the new batch was mashing. Wouldn't want to do more than that.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: ryang on November 15, 2010, 05:29:26 PM
2 5-gal batches thursday, 1 5-gal batch friday, skiing saturday, 1 5gal batch sunday
bottled 3 different 1gal batches of cider, 5gal of hard limeade, cleaned 5 cases of bottles for bottling marathon this week...

the past 4 days have been nuts, and the next 5 days will be too.  I've got to about 20 gals of various brews bottled up to take along to family thanksgiving.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: tankdeer on November 16, 2010, 08:49:22 PM
Eh, no idea really. Probably 20 gallons or so. I don't usually stack up too much into a single weekend. Plus, I can brew really easily on weekdays so that makes things easier. (yay telecommuting!)
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: blatz on November 16, 2010, 09:49:38 PM
I've done 2 10gal batches back to back a few times, and I'll never do it again if I can help it - takes the fun out of brewing a bit.

Also did a partigyle Barleywine/Bitter and then an Old Ale right after that (13gal total) - I think that may have been worse with the stress of coordinating 2 boils whilst trying to get strike water, grain, etc. together for the third.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: corkybstewart on November 17, 2010, 04:43:45 AM
I've gotten the impression from this thread that a lot of us have tried or been "forced" to brew more than usual, and not many of us enjoyed it.  It makes me wonder if I would enjoy professionally brewing as much as I like to daydream about.
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: jeffy on November 17, 2010, 12:46:59 PM
I've gotten the impression from this thread that a lot of us have tried or been "forced" to brew more than usual, and not many of us enjoyed it.  It makes me wonder if I would enjoy professionally brewing as much as I like to daydream about.

I've always wondered if brewing professionally would ruin a perfectly good hobby.  I've helped brew at a couple of 10 barrel breweries and found the work to be hard, but satisfying.  Certainly not as much time to relax because there is always something that needs to be done in a commercial setting as opposed to reading a magazine and smoking a cigar while the mash converts at home.  There's most likely more stress involved in making beer that is good enough for people to want to buy.  A mistake could potentially cost a lot of time and money. 
But most pro brewers tell me that "it's better than working at a real job"
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: tschmidlin on November 17, 2010, 04:35:33 PM
"it's better than working at a real job"
Except for the pay. :)
Title: Re: What's the most you've ever done in a weekend?
Post by: jeffy on November 18, 2010, 01:54:24 AM
"it's better than working at a real job"
Except for the pay. :)
Lately I'm thinking any change in pay would be an improvement.