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Old 07-25-2013, 01:08 PM   #11
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I been away for a few weeks. This is what I plan I doing:

Two gallon batches:

3-5 gallon pot for brewing

Three gallon better bottle (with or without spigot)for fermentation

Reuse my two gallon fermenting buckets for secondary buckets

Reuse my two gallon bottling bucket for bottling.



What do we think?

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:17 PM   #12
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I been away for a few weeks. This is what I plan I doing:

Two gallon batches:

3-5 gallon pot for brewing

Three gallon better bottle (with or without spigot)for fermentation

Reuse my two gallon fermenting buckets for secondary buckets

Reuse my two gallon bottling bucket for bottling.



What do we think?
Either skip the secondary completely, or use a better bottle for that stage. Using a clearing vessel ("secondary") with a wide headspace like that is problematic.

Using a bucket for bottling is fine.
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I do 2-3 gal batches frequently, extract and occasionally BIAB (not often because I don't have the time). I use a 5 gallon pot I got for under $20 at a department store and 5 gallon food grade bucket fermenters. No worries of boil over with the 5 gallon pot. 3 gallon pot you're really going to need to watch, probably going to boil over anyway. I don't bother with secondaries. Too much work, adds some risk of infection, results just as good with 3-4 weeks in the primary. Buckets easy to handle. Only draw back is you don't get to watch fermentation.

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Old 07-25-2013, 04:34 PM   #14
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If I'm doing two gallon batches wouldn't stow gallon bucket be perfect for secondary's if needed? No headspace!

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So you're all saying you throw additions right into the primary?

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So you're all saying you throw additions right into the primary?
Why not? The only issue I can see with that is if you're going to re-use your yeast by adding new wort from your next brew directly on top of the cake. And I've done other additions to the primary after initial fermentation.

I added a fresh peach puree to a blonde BIAB batch of about 2.5 gallons. Mashed & boiled in a 5 gal. pot; primary in 3 gal. carboy; fruit addition end of day 3 in the primary; racked to bottling bucket at 2 weeks and bottled. Phenomenal peach nose and finish.
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Why not? The only issue I can see with that is if you're going to re-use your yeast by adding new wort from your next brew directly on top of the cake. And I've done other additions to the primary after initial fermentation.

I added a fresh peach puree to a blonde BIAB batch of about 2.5 gallons. Mashed & boiled in a 5 gal. pot; primary in 3 gal. carboy; fruit addition end of day 3 in the primary; racked to bottling bucket at 2 weeks and bottled. Phenomenal peach nose and finish.
I don't reuse yeast so this might be an option id like to try.


I think I'm going to go with plain better bottles. The racking/spigot unit seems cool but to me that's one more thing I need to clean and another place that can leak/fail.

I don't mind siphoning anyway! It's science!!
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This might be a bit late to chime in, but I just started doing 2 gallon BIAB batches recently, and luckily my LHBS had 1 gallon glass jugs that i use for primary and secondary. I like splitting up the batch because i then have the option to do different things to each one. I hope you're brewing is going well!

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If I'm doing two gallon batches wouldn't stow gallon bucket be perfect for secondary's if needed? No headspace!
Well, a bucket is very wide. So you'd have 12 inches (or whatever width your bucket is) of headspace. That's a lot! It's not the depth of the beer in the bucket, 12 inches wide is 12 inches wide (the headspace) whether the bucket is half full or totally full.

So I wouldn't use a bucket for a secondary, period. I'd either skip it, or use a carboy/better bottle.
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I will also suggest a minimum of a 5 gallon pot, but I always believe that bigger is better for your pot so it grows with you. I started out making 2 gallon batches in a Mr Beer but now I make anywhere from 5-15 gallon batches with pots ranging in size from 7.5 - 24 gallons. I have been considering making a few 2-2.5 gallon test batches of a few things I am on the fence about having a large quanitity of and have been eyeballing the mini conical from Brewdemon as a fermentor for those batches.

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