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Old 02-16-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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I just got a 3 liter (3/4 gallon) glass jug and want to ferment some experimental batches in it, any ideas? Also how much yeast should I use for something that size? I might start using it to formulate some of my own recipes without blowing too much money if its a dud. Do smaller batches ferment faster?

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:56 AM   #2
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I brewed some apfelwein in a 1 gallon and a 3/4 gallon jug. I just split a yeast packet between them... worked fine. Mine took a #7 bung.

But really.. look at ciders and meads, alot of people do 1 gallon batches of those.

Smaller batches do not seem to ferment any faster, though they may clear out faster.

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how long would a cider take?

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So I think I have something I want to experiment with, it sounds ridiculous, but how about a chocolate wheat?!?

1 lbs Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 80.00 %
2.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
2.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.13 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops 16.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Manchester (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

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So I think I have something I want to experiment with, it sounds ridiculous, but how about a chocolate wheat?!?

1 lbs Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 80.00 %
2.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
2.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.13 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops 16.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Manchester (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale
That sounds like it would be good, go for it.
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I plan on doing several of these, as have the guys at basic brewing. IDK how much yeast to use first hand, but I have been advised to make a starter and use like half of it and save the rest. The fun part is you can try lot's of recipes with little cost and little consequence if it goes bad.

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I going to go for it, but I wonder if I should have the caramel malt or not. Also I don't know much about hops, would those be good, or any suggestions? Same with yeast, I think I'm going to get some yeast make a starter and use like a fourth of it.

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I actually just made up a recipe for a choco-wheat because it sounds interesting, I won't post it yet because I'd like to do a little more research before I go suggesting things but I figure this would best fit in to the Dunkleweizen (15B) category based on the BJCP description. I figure make a regular dunkle with a little chocolate malt, though it would be out of place for the style the beauty of such a small batch is that if it tastes bad no biggy plus not every brew has to fit neat and clean into the guidelines.

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So I settled on a final recipe, the guy at the store said it sounded like a chocolate covered banana:

1 lbs Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 80.00 %
2.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
2.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.10 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 13.4 IBU
1 Pkgs Hefeweizen IV Ale (White Labs #WLP380) Yeast-Wheat

I made a 2 quart starter and am only going to pitch 1/5 to 1/4 of it. Should I add some coco powder?

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Old 02-25-2009, 06:32 AM   #10
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I am in the same boat as you are.

Lots of different ideas, not lots of money.

The only thing I worry about, is that with such a small batch,
it seems there would be a lot of head space in an ale pale.
Do you plan on just leaving it in your small jug until bottling?

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