As I read a lot of threads, I'm noticing that a lot of people are doing some 1 gal experimental recipes. That inspired me to do a 1 gal mead, and I've got plans for a 1 gal wild fermentation of a local cider. So my question is what is the best technique I should use for racking these small batches?
In my 5 gal beer batches I use a racking cane, syphon hose and bottle filler. I put the cane in the bucket, fill the tube and bottle filler with water, then use gravity and suction to start the flow into a sauce pan that I'll dump. That loss in volume not a big deal in a 5 gal batch, but in a 1 gal batch the racking cane would be sticking out the top and I'd lose a noticeable volume.
I'm assuming that simply pouring it into the next 1 gal container would result in excessive oxygen exposure, and potentially ruin the batch, correct?