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When I'm reading about larger brewing systems, I keep seeing
their production ability described in units of "BBL." I'm kind of new to
the brewing world and I was wondering what this meant... I really
appreciate having a resource to anonymously ask dumb questions of...
BBL stands for "barrels." A barrel of beer is 31 gallons and the standard
size for a keg is a half barrel. Most brewpubs brew in seven or 10-barrel batches, though there are some as brew as little as a half-barrel at a time. Very large brewers, on the other hand, may brew 1,000 barrels at a time and brew several times a day.
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