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Originally Posted by JonM
No rule that says you have to do a 5-gallon batch. You can always run it through Beersmith and reduce the batch size to something that will fit in your 5-Fallon cooler. Green Bay Rackers says you can get 15-ish pounds in there at 1 qt/lb, so maybe do a 3.5 gal batch?
I do A TON of high gravity batches with my 5 gallon cooler. I just do them as a 2.5 gallon batch.
If I'm making a bigger beer I'm often doing a 2.5 gallon batch instead of a 5 gallon one the 14 pounds of grain that can be held in a 5 gallon makes a beer with an og of 1.151. That's a pretty big beer if you ask me.
I find that one case of big beers is often more than enough.
In fact my first partigyle pumpkin ale was 2 2.5 gallon beers from the same grainbed. A strong ale and a regular amber ale. They were 2 stove top beers from my lowly 5 gallon mash tun.Here.
I've been using my 5 gallon cooler for years, and I've rarely needed larger for most of my beers. If I'm doing something special or really big and want 5 gallons, I have plenty of brew buddies that have larger coolers I can borrow.
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