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Old 09-16-2007, 09:41 PM   #11
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The big problem with small batches is when you really really like one of them. It's gone way too fast. Then again, I'm thinking of a 5-6 hour all grain brew day. I'd be damned if I'm gonna put that kind of time into it and have it only be a couple six packs.

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Old 09-17-2007, 02:12 AM   #12
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I agree, that would be alot of work for an AG batch, but I'm an extract brewer. When I find something I really like, I should be able to scale up without a problem.

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Old 09-17-2007, 02:27 AM   #13
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I must be warped. I'm tryin to figure out how to get three 10-gallon brews done in the next ten days.

Seems like the only thing keeping you from doing more frequent 5-gallon batches, is bottling capacity. I can't imagine any time or effort savings in doing 2-3 gallons VS 5.

If that's the case, maybe put some effort into increasing your storage capacity. Any break in your brewing routine, and you'll be glad that you stowed away an extra case per brew.

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Old 09-17-2007, 03:51 AM   #14
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I must be warped. I'm tryin to figure out how to get three 10-gallon brews done in the next ten days.

Seems like the only thing keeping you from doing more frequent 5-gallon batches, is bottling capacity. I can't imagine any time or effort savings in doing 2-3 gallons VS 5.

If that's the case, maybe put some effort into increasing your storage capacity. Any break in your brewing routine, and you'll be glad that you stowed away an extra case per brew.
BM -- seriously man -- what the heck do you do with all that beer you brew? If you're drinking it, man you must have one bloated liver! Seriously, I am REALLY curious now.

Anyways, I think the OP said that he doesn't drink a lot, and wants to build up a good variety of different beers. Making smaller batches would be a great way to accomplish that, particularly if these are quick and easy extract brews. I don't think he was looking to save time or effort by going smaller, though.
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:00 PM   #15
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Greetings,

I've opened up this thread again with a question. To experiment with different yeasts, I'll be splitting my 5 gal extract brew into 2 vessels, a 5 & 6 gal carboy.

Q1: How long can the primary endure theoretically? I know what conventional wisdom says. How about experience. Who has gone the distance - over 4 weeks? If so, what quality? ( I have 2 kids under 2, so bottling is never scheduled)

Q2: Is it worth secondary in the same vessels to remove it off the trub or simply commit to the possible longer primary? I know there is a potential contamination issue from the oxygen in the head space.

Q3: Can I use dry yeast that has been in the fridge since the early fall? Expiration date is way in the future.

I'm looking forward to the yeast experiment, actually excited to see the different tastes. I'm just trying to get some opinions before I commit to it. Thanks!

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Old 03-25-2008, 10:03 PM   #16
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Split the beer and leave them in the primaries longer.

No need to secondary, unless it's a huge beer that needs extended (5+ weeks) conditioning time.

Lots of folks forego transferring to a secondary and let the primary do all the work.

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:28 PM   #17
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Maybe you should go to Lowes and buy the 3 gallon jugs of water there that are in teh PET bottles. They are like 5-6 bucks and you can still keep your buckets open for the ocasional large batch of something you really like or goes fast.

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:31 PM   #18
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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...NGU&lpage=none

Heres the link to the bottles im talking about. Once you use the water.. either drinking or brewing.. you basically have a 3 gallon better bottle.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:05 AM   #19
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If cost isn't an issue, you could always keep making 5 gallon batches, and start designing labels in your free time. Once you have some great labels and interesting brews, you can start making beer "gift baskets" to take over to friends houses when they do dinners or to family gatherings.

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Old 03-26-2008, 12:20 AM   #20
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I share most of mine, I am lucky if I get to drink 1/3 of a batch... Its ok though, I enjoy making it as much as drinking it (not the $ part though...) and I like introducing different beer to people. The less people drinking bad mass-produced beer the better. So if you don't want all your beer in a 5 gal batch, send some to me.

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