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Old 10-22-2009, 03:40 AM   #1
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would a 1 gallon batch of cider ferment faster than a 5 gallon batch of cider?

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:55 AM   #2
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It might if you use a full packet of yeast. Other than that, I'm not sure if it would ferment faster.

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:56 AM   #3
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As long as the original gravities are the same, along with temperature and yeast pitching rate, I see no reason why a 1 gallon batch would ferment any faster than a 5 gallon. However, if you pitch the same amount of yeast that would go in a 5 gallon batch into your 1 gallon, I would think it would finish faster;this is based on the idea that there are more yeast doing the same amount of available work. If not, I would think that if the size of the batch being fermented (all other things constant), played a role in how long the fermentation would take then it would take years for Budweiser to ferment their multi-thousand gallon batches of beer! Anyway, hope this helps, cheers!

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I find that gallon batches finish a couple of days faster than carboys. I'm not sure why this is, but its pretty reliable.

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Old 10-22-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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Simply by starting with 5 times the yeast concentration, the growth phase will be much shorter. Fermentation starts sooner and finishes faster.

I've pitched beer on a yeast cake and had fermentation start within 30 minutes.

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Old 10-22-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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Yes it's the same reason that a bomber of beer take longer than a 12 ouncer to carb and condition. Or why a "satellite" that some folks use to take hydro readings is a bad idea...it will tell you WHAT the beer ferments at, but it will be finished much faster than the 5 gallon fermenter, so it's a sucky reference.

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It certainly starts faster doing a 1 gal, but I dont notice a difference in total ferm time. Each batch varies by a couple days anyway...

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