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Old 10-24-2012, 01:20 AM   #441
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This has probably been answered already but besides 1 gallon jugs what other fermentors are people using for 1 gallon size brews? I am going to be limited to stove top brewing the next several months. Send me a pm if you like.

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I picked up a 2 gallon bucket from my LHBS for my first gallon batch last weekend. The guy in the store recommended it so that I wouldn't have to worry about losing too much to blowoff.

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Old 10-24-2012, 02:20 AM   #443
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I have some 3 gallon buckets but I was thinking that tis could be way too much head space.

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:41 AM   #444
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Default 3 gallon carboy for 1.25 gallaon batch

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I have some 3 gallon buckets but I was thinking that tis could be way too much head space.
I use 5 gallon carboys when I brew 2.5 gallon batches so far no trouble with too much head space. I am using a 3 gallon carboy for a 1.25 gallon batch right now. The co2 from the initial fermentation will 'blanket' the beer so head space hasn't been an issue for me. Go ahead and use the 3 gallon buckets unless you decide to secondary then head space should be minimized.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:02 AM   #445
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I use 5 gallon carboys when I brew 2.5 gallon batches so far no trouble with too much head space. I am using a 3 gallon carboy for a 1.25 gallon batch right now. The co2 from the initial fermentation will 'blanket' the beer so head space hasn't been an issue for me. Go ahead and use the 3 gallon buckets unless you decide to secondary then head space should be minimized.
Thanks for letting me know that these sizes will work. There is a local bakery that sells their 3 gallon frosting buckets ofr $2.00 including a lid. I was just uncertain about having 1-1.25 gallons of beer with 2 gallons of head space to be too much open space for the CO2 to blanket. I didn't know if trying to ferment 1 gallon of beer would produce enough CO2 for a proper blanket. Thanks for the response.
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Does the 'three weeks in primary' wisdom that is widely accepted here apply to gallon batches as well? Or is two weeks, as the Brooklyn Brew Shop book recommends, suitable for a gallon batch? I can argue both sides in my head, but want to see what others think.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:25 AM   #447
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I have seen instructions that say 1 week as well but I generally ignore instructions and go with what works for me - 3 weeks.

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My first batch, BBS grapefruit honey ale, is in the fermenter now. It's been there two weeks and a day. I was thinking I would bottle in the next few days, because the recipe calls for 2 weeks and because there had been a gradual decline in visible activity the first week down to no visible activity the second week. Every day it was looking clearer. Today, I took a look at it, and it's opaque again, bubbles everywhere! Has anyone else seen sleeping beauty behavior like this from their yeast?

I bought the ingredients for making a couple batches of the BBS recipe New Year Beer. Looking forward to getting started on that!

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Does the 'three weeks in primary' wisdom that is widely accepted here apply to gallon batches as well? Or is two weeks, as the Brooklyn Brew Shop book recommends, suitable for a gallon batch? I can argue both sides in my head, but want to see what others think.
Its not about batch size...all bottles are the same. I give it even longer for 16oz or more. If there is any major influence on how long its ABV and not batch size. The higher the ABV, the longer it usually takes
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Does the 'three weeks in primary' wisdom that is widely accepted here apply to gallon batches as well? Or is two weeks, as the Brooklyn Brew Shop book recommends, suitable for a gallon batch? I can argue both sides in my head, but want to see what others think.
I pretty much do the same for a 5 gallon batch that I do for a small batch. If I have a small beer 1.050 and below I will ferment a week and dry hop a week in primary. Above 1.050 I will leave it for 2 weeks then dry hop for a week for a 3 week total. Sometimes with a really light session beer I will give it 3-4 days to ferment, 4 days dry hop and get it bottled quick as long as I know my FG is stable. And....sometimes they go quick too... I'm seeing a pattern here!
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