Ever wanted to increase your output, but cannot brew any more often than you already do? Have a couple extra hours during your typical brewday?
Consider trying a double brewday.
I just moved out of my parents house and into my own place in Chicago. Unfortunately, I do not have a fermentation chamber built yet (future post perhaps?), so in order to brew I have to go back and brew at my folks' place. In order to maximize my brewing I decided to start brewing 2 batches per day instead of 1.
Here are some of the important lessons that I have learned after my first attempt:
- Planning is key: With a double brewday, you have twice the amount of things going on at once and it can get very easy to get confused on what is going on when. The solution is as simple as write up a simple time-line of how you expect the day to go before hand. The plan may not work out exactly as written, but you will always have a reference point to what is supposed to happen next.
- Utilize down time: Especially on the homebrew scale, there is quite a bit of down time in between steps. Use that to your advantage; grind your grains for Beer #2 while Beer #1 is mashing. While Beer #1 is on the heat, start mashing Beer # 2. There are numerous possibilities for utilizing that down time and each one will help both brews go smoothly. With that being said:
- Give yourself plenty of time: Even if you take advantage of Lesson #2, you need to give yourself more spare time than your typical brewday. The brewday will probably not last 2x a normal single brewday, but twice the steps equal twice the possibility of problems.
- Label everything: This sort of goes with planning, but I wanted to call it out separately. When you are laying out your ingredients, label which beer they go in. This might seem like common sense, but in the middle of the brewday it is nice to have everything laid out for you ready to go.
Double brewdays can be long and tiring, but also very rewarding (double the beer!). They are also great for people that only get to brew on an infrequent basis. Instead of just upping your batch size and getting more of the same beer, try brewing 2 different beers. You will end up with the same amount, but double your variety!