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Old 01-19-2013, 01:24 PM   #11
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If I'm trying a newer beer or if it takes alot of my hops, I'll try it with a 3 gallon batch. If I like it than I'll go with a 5 gallon run.

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Old 01-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #12
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I always make 2.5 gallon batches. I get more of a turnover and not forced to drink bad beer if it turns out that way.
The only time I make 5 gallons if I am making a summer lager that everyone likes.

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:54 PM   #13
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been thinking about switching to smaller batches. as most people have said, I am generally the only one drinking it.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #14
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I prefer doing smaller batches for now. I have to brew on my stove top which takes a long time to heat 6 gallons vs a 3 gallon run. As others mentioned, you get to try new things out, get a feel for different ingredients and the flavors they impart. I would advise anyone to start washing the yeast to save $, also, try to buy some of your materials in bulk to save $ as well. I usually buy my base grain in bulk, hops in bulk and then I get to play around with specialty malts and yeast strains. I ferment in my 7 gallon buckets and if I condition, I let it sit in a smaller vessel to free up my primaries.

Although, I still do about 2 or 3, 5 gallon batches a month but the mini brews are fun to play with, IMO. Brew on!

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #15
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When I started AG brewing it was 2 gallon batches, so now I have a 2 and a 5 gallon set up, love using my 2 for ciders and SMaSH and other experiments. If you have a Android device BrewR app lets you scale a 5gal. recipe to 2 or any size you need very easily.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:40 AM   #16
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I brew a lot of IPAs that fade quickly and crazy experimental stuff I don't want to commit to 5 gallons of. I don't like having to be paranoid about boilovers. I drink about 95% of the beer I brew, and share the rest. I like having 7 or 8 beers to choose from. So I almost always brew 2-3 gallon batches. If I brew 5 gallon batches, I almost always split them in some way. Since I typically add all my late hops after flameout, I can--for example--use one grain bill to brew an American IPA and a Belgian IPA that don't have a lot in common.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:49 PM   #17
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I love my 2.5 gl setup. I can either do a quick 2 hour extract brew or an all grain BIAB. Like others have stated smaller batches take up less space, more experimentation, less clean up and 2.5 gl is just about the right amount of beer for me.

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Old 01-20-2013, 05:35 PM   #18
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I am on this boat as well. I have been doing 2.5-3 gallons now for 6 months and it works out much better for us guys that enjoy having decent selection.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #19
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I brew small batches from time to time got a 3g plastic carboy. I'm probably going to do another one coming up after I get my current 2 full size started.

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While I have the capacity to do larger batches...I mostly stick to 5-10 gallons. For me the economy of scale (in both time and money) works out better for larger batches....and I share alot.

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