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Old 03-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default 10 gallon batches - only 2 people drinking it

I recently acquired a setup to to 10gal batches.

I also acquired a few extra 6.5 and 5.0 carboys.

My problem is now that I have about 20 gallons of beer coming on ( only 2 different styles) and I still have ~8 gallons in my 2 5.5gallon corneys in my tiny haier kegerator.

4 gallons Pale
4 gallons Irish Black Lager
10 gallons scotch
10 gallons porter
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28 or so gallons.

What do you guys do with your large 10 gallon batches? I should mention I have 2 growlers.

Just give it away at my LHBS? Try to bottle it and give it away to friends/family? Also this weekend is a huge beer tasting thing in my area, so I won't be drinking much/anything on tap at home.

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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I don't think I'd spend the money on 10G batches worth of ingredients if I didn't want to drink it. Your 10G capable setup should be able to handle smaller batches.

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10 gallons? that should last about 3 days if you really want to get rid of it. come on, show some dedication!

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Drink faster. Cook with beer. Give it away.

I started doing a monthly dinner with friends and family -- that has really helped increase consumption.

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I don't know that I have ever heard of this problem. Too much beer?

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I don't think I'd spend the money on 10G batches worth of ingredients if I didn't want to drink it. Your 10G capable setup should be able to handle smaller batches.
True, it is ~$30 more than the 5's I was making previously.

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10 gallons? that should last about 3 days if you really want to get rid of it. come on, show some dedication!
Lulz~ My liver. ; ;

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Drink faster. Cook with beer. Give it away.

I started doing a monthly dinner with friends and family -- that has really helped increase consumption.
Good ideas!
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Lulz~ My liver. ; ;
Oh, come on...its totally doable

10gal/2people = 5gal/person
5gal/3days = ~1.66gal/day
1.66gal*128oz/16oz = ~13.25pints a day

you can do it!
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I was doing 10 gal batches because I figured that it wasn't much more time to do 10 than 5 and my time was more valuable than the cost of the ingredients. But, like you, it wasn't being drunk fast enough. So I switched to 5 gallon batches. Since I have to do some lifting during the brew day, 5 gallons is also easier to handle on my own.

There are a few times I wish I had done 10 gallons, but for the most part I enjoy the brew process more when I'm only doing 5.

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make friends, and if you cant, make drinking buddies.

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Get some corneys and keg the beer with priming sugar, just like bottles (but less priming sugar). The beer in kegs will be good for a few moths/years just like in bottles, so you can just put it away for later.

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