Originally Posted by kevin9167
On this side of the pond, we can get wine in 4L jugs. I found apple juice in 1 gallon jugs as well. Have you looked for small buckets to use? I have found 2 gallon buckets (about 8L) that I'm going to try for some wines.
There's nothing wrong with making small batches. I have small batches that I didn't care to have a full batch of ; ) Although that has back fired too, where I wish I had more.
I agree there is nothing wrong with making small batches if you are an experienced brewer and what you test different ingredients/yeast strains/dry hop varieties on the same wort.
However, the OP is a new brewer and really shouldn't be concerned about testing different things at this point. I think that if he attempts a well-established recipe (e.g. EdWort's Haus Pale Ale), does his homework by reading John Palmer's free ebook, and thinks out his process a bit before brewing...there is no reason he shouldn't have pretty good results right out of the gate! Then he'll have 5 gallons of good beer instead of 1 gallon. He will also avoid the added expense of buying 1 gallon growlers/bottles at this point in the game.