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Old 12-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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I've been brewing 3gallon batches for about a year now and my general practice is to ferment in primary for 4weeks to a month then keg (most batches). With this reduced volume is the needed amount of time to ferment and clean up shortened? I ferment in 6 gallon better bottles and pitch the amount Mr.malty recommends

I ferment in a 6gallon better bottle

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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Any help would be very appreciated

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No, fermentation and maturation times are not shortened by making 3-gallon batches.

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Old 12-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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No, fermentation and maturation times are not shortened by making 3-gallon batches.
Agreed.

But I think that leaving the beer a month in primary is unneeded, and I'm not sure of the advantage of leaving in primary for 4 weeks or so is. I wouldn't worry about the length of conditioning time, but if I was pitching the proper amount of yeast at the proper temperature, I"d package in about half the time stated in the OP>
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Sweet, thank you both for your help =-)

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I agree with yooper on this. I do many 3 Gallon batches and max time is 2-3 weeks.

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I do all 3 gallon batches. Depending on the beer I leave it in primary 2-3 weeks then 1-2 weeks in secondary before going to a keg for conditioning.
I use 5 & 6 gallon BB's for primary & 3 gallon BB's for secondary. All my kegs are 3 gallon.

The only real exception to this usually involves saisons. They can take more time in primary. I had one that went 5 weeks before finishing.

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Most of my 3 gallon batches that are 1.055 SG or less are done fermenting within 21 days. I use 5 gallon white plastic food grade buckets that I buy from Walmart for $4 including the lid. Add in a 50 cent grommet and you have a cheap fermentor compared to using your carboy if you want more than one batch fermenting at a time.

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