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Old 03-17-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Why do we brew 5 gallon batches?

It seems to me that if I would have just sat down and thought about it when I started, I could get away with brewing 4-gallon batches for a much cheaper initial investment than I made buying all that specialized 5-gallon stuff. Home Depot 5-gal bucket @$2.50 > 6-gal Better Bottle @$26.00. Well worth the savings, I think. To this day the number of fermenters have been my brewing bottleneck, and I've been much more prolific since I started using home depot buckets.
So why don't we just tell beginners to brew 4-gallon batches?

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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Because you get 20% less beer for the same amount of effort.....
Really you can't compare a Homer Bucket to a better bottle. To be fair you would compare it to a BUCKET. Come on. Then its only 3.50 Homer bucket, vs $8 7 gallon bucket. Not really worth the difference.

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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The fact that corny kegs are 5 gallons also has a lot to do with it I reckon...

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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The fact that corny kegs are 5 gallons also has a lot to do with it I reckon...
I have a feeling that is THE reason for the 5 gallon thing. Personally, I'm building a stovetop 3 gallon all grain system (pics and thread forthcoming) simply because it's easier to boil on my electric stovetop.

The only issue is ingredient amounts. When going smaller than 5 gallons, some specialty grains can end up being only 1 oz. Most homebrew stores won't sell grain in such small amounts, so you might have to buy them by the pound, weigh them, and crush them yourself. Same with hops, they're going to be much smaller additions, so you'll need a scale that can measure grams accurately.
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You can brew whatever batch size you want. 5 gallons fits perfect in a cornie, so I brew ~5.5 gallons to account for the yeast cake and loss. You can get away with cheap equipment for up to around 10 gallon batches... turkey fryer, large cooler MLT, keggle. 10 gallons seems to much for any one brew... its nice to have variety.

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because the larger conicals have been priced beyond the majority of brewer's wallets.

If you aren't brewing 10 gallons or greater you are either brewing rather often or are supplementing with commercial crap.

It's be nice to be pumping beer through two inch hoses but that
s really not in the cards for most people. A lot of people are brewing in apartments and town houses with the restricted spaces available. A lot more can't plop a couple grand down to upscale.

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Old 03-17-2010, 03:13 PM   #7
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Because you get 20% less beer for the same amount of effort.....
Right, but that argument can be continued all the way up. Why don't we all brew 1 barrel batches?



I brew 4-4.5g batches, and ferment in Cornies.

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If you aren't brewing 10 gallons or greater you are either brewing rather often or are supplementing with commercial crap.
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Disagree. I tend to find I'm bored of a beer before I get through 5 gallons of it. SWMBO doesn't drink beer, so I'm mostly drinking them myself.
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Right, but that argument can be continued all the way up. Why don't we all brew 1 barrel batches?



I brew 4-4.5g batches, and ferment in Cornies.




Disagree. I tend to find I'm bored of a beer before I get through 5 gallons of it. SWMBO doesn't drink beer, so I'm mostly drinking them myself.
As a rule, 5 gallon cornies are cheaper and more readily available than 10 gallon cornies, or 3 gallon cornies. That's one reason, as the others mentioned.

The reason I rarely do 10 gallon batches is just because I'm a weakling. Hauling around more than about 5.5 gallons of beer is just too heavy for me. Also, a 5 gallon batch = two cases of bottles. It's just an easy way to do it, especially for people like me who are mathematically challenged.

Since I have a couple of 3 gallon cornies, I may do a 3.5 gallon batch sometimes. The truth is, though, it's just as much work to do a 5 or 6 gallon batch as it is to do 4. Might as well get more beer out of the same amount of work.
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With a name like that, what does it matter? You'll be dead anyways.

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I think it's because that's what Charlie P. did in his books
and it just sort of stuck.

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