I am thinking of brewing a 20 gallon batch in two parts on two different days back to back. Has anyone tried this before? I am dealing with a maximum volume of 15 gallons in my brew pot but, my fermenter will hold up to 24 gallons. I'm thinking if I treat each batch as it's own and add the second days batch to the first's I should be ok right? Should I use my normal yeast pitching rates for each batch or, adjust the yeast for the total volume and pitch on the first day?
You guys did it the easy way! Wish I read this 18 months ago! I did 2 batches, one after the other because it didnt occur to me that I could wait a day. I just made 2 extract "kits". while the 1st was boiling, the 2nd was steeping. I wanted all of it to ferment together for uniformity or consistancy. it was all for a party. My problem though, was bottling. I only had 6.5 gallon bottling buckets and 10 gallons of beer. I had to bribe a friend with a 6-pack to help so the process went quickly. (I was too green to realize that the carbonation takes more than the time it takes to bottle).