Half-Gallon Batches Suck
So I bottled all those half gallon batches, and I gotta say, SWMBO was right: it's not enough beer. To have brewed and fermented and wait patiently, then to bottle and only end up with four beers... it's damn demoralizing. So I'm not going to brew half gallons anymore. I'm brewing at least a gallon or I'm not bothering. Actually, if I use the 4L Gallo wine jugs as fermentors, then I can probably get a full gallon out of it, but then again, the yeast cakes in those tiny carboys are pretty serious business. That being said, the beers I did brew in those micro-batches were some of the best beers I have ever had. The weizen beer was absolutely amazing, the dunkelweizen tasted meh-- so-so before bottling, and the weizenbock was so good going into the bottles that I almost didn't want to wait for it to carbonate. I have been having trouble with overflow. I think I overcarbonated the bottles with too much sugar. Kegging makes you forget what it takes to botttle, and I think these small batches don't need nearly as much sugar as the bigger, 5 gallon batches, even on a proportional basis. I think I'll start carbing to the low end of the style and see how things turn out. When I empty my keg of my pumpkin beer, it will be time to decide what to fill it with... I am looking forward to that day. Good brewing to you all!