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Old 12-09-2008, 03:16 PM   #11
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dude i got a $10 cooler from craigslist, big rectangular igloo and it rules. loses 1-2 degrees an hour. capacity is huge, although i haven't really loaded it up yet. pvc manifold in the bottom with hacksaw slits. everything works perfect - total investment to go AG was less than $30.

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Old 12-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #12
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I realize many of you guys are drunks and all but even if I increased my consumption up to 3 pints a day, it's going to take some time to get through 25 gallons on tap.

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:01 PM   #13
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I realize many of you guys are drunks and all but even if I increased my consumption up to 3 pints a day, it's going to take some time to get through 25 gallons on tap.
What? Me? No!!!!! HAHA
Actually Bobby I'm right there with you, I'm usually the only one drinking the 20 or so gallons I usually have on tap at any given time. Guess I just need to get some more friends
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:25 PM   #14
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Definitely go to 15 gallon.
I started at 5 gallons. It is so much work for a bit of beer that 4 adults can drink in such a short time.
I have been brewing 11 gallons for years(50 -54 litres). Usually only 2-3 times a year 3-50 litre batches per day.
Even there I do not share(sell at cost) as much as I would like.

I now want to reduce it to 2 batches in one day but would like to up the size of the batches. I am finding it very difficult with the pot and carboys I have.

Take my advise though on this. Learn how to use gravity to move beer (Ie. use A hose & gravity) & buy pulley systems to save your back. You should never lift 10 gallons of beer even if you physically can. Your back cannot handle it.

Also your decision should be influenced by the beer your going to brew. Ie if you love barley wine don't worry about it. If you like Weisse beer or lagers. Be ready to share. You"ll be surprised at how many heads you can turn with a good home brew.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:36 PM   #15
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...I think 10g is the sweet spot for most. It's still manageable for 5 gallon experimental/specialty batches and capable of 10g when you find your house recipes for mass consumption.
I agree.

You better love the crap out of that batch of beer cuz you’re going to be drinking it a long time.

I think (my own opinion) that you have diminishing returns once you go over 10 gallons. Simply because you may have saved a few cents per beer, but now you’ve got the equivalent of 155+ bottles of the same brew on hand. I think the monotony brings down the value of your brew savings.

Homebrewers (generally) are an impatient bunch when it comes to beer styles. We like variety. We like experimenting with styles. We want to get on to that next brew session. Consider how much more appetizing a nice Smoked Porter sounds this time of year than it does on July 4th. You’ll notice the clamor for wit recipes and cream ales has died down a lot with the changes of the season.

I’d just hate to see you brewing up 15 gallons of a single beer and then wishing you had a freed up corny for your next brewing temptation.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:36 PM   #16
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I vote 15 gallons or bigger if you share. It's too much work to only make 5 gallons when you can make 10 or 12 gallons just as easy.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:45 PM   #17
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My keezer holds 6 5gl kegs, I'd rather have 6 diffrent beers than 2.

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:46 PM   #18
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One of the best reasons to go to 15 gallons, in my opinion, is to split that 15 gallons into 3 carboys so that you can start with the same exact base recipe and see how the taste changes by pitching different yeast varieties, dry hopping versus not dry hopping, adding stuff like oak chips, vanilla, ginger, whatever, etc, etc.

That's a fantastic way to fine-tune a recipe in the least amount of time and hone in on what really makes that particular beer stand out above the rest.

As far as brewing 15 gallons to put into one keg with no variations, I wouldn't bother, but that's just me - I like variety.

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Old 12-10-2008, 01:10 PM   #19
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Bah, go big or go home. You can brew smaller batches in larger vessels. I can brew from 5-25g batches. Odd ball stuff I brew small, house staples I brew big. And you can always get more cornies!

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Old 12-10-2008, 03:43 PM   #20
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I love brewing beer, but when I was doing 5 gallon extract batches I was brewing 3 Saturdays per month to keep up with demand. When I switched to AG I knew that the brew day would take even longer, so I went with a big system so that I didn't have to brew almost every weekend. Now I can do 20 gallons of a house brew once every 6 weeks or so and slip in fun 5 or 10 gallon batches in between when I feel like it.

If you're even considering going big then go big - you wont be disappointed.

Check out the huge amount of pot I have:

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