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Old 04-28-2014, 03:08 AM   #21
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I started with a Mr.Beer kit a couple years ago and figured a couple gallons per batch was pretty good. Now I can't imagine why anyone would bother with anything less than a 5 gal. batch. Actually thinking of upgrading my equipment to do 10 gal. batches.

I spend 5-6 hours for every brew session including mash, sparge, boil, cooling and then clean-up afterward. It doesn't matter if I'm making 2 gal. or 10, the time requirement per batch is almost the same. So why not make two kegs of beer per session instead of one? Or more to the point, why make 2 gal. when you can make 5 - 10 with the same time commitment?

Perhaps I'm missing something here that a wiser person will help by pointing out.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:40 AM   #22
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I started with a Mr.Beer kit a couple years ago and figured a couple gallons per batch was pretty good. Now I can't imagine why anyone would bother with anything less than a 5 gal. batch. Actually thinking of upgrading my equipment to do 10 gal. batches.

I spend 5-6 hours for every brew session including mash, sparge, boil, cooling and then clean-up afterward. It doesn't matter if I'm making 2 gal. or 10, the time requirement per batch is almost the same. So why not make two kegs of beer per session instead of one? Or more to the point, why make 2 gal. when you can make 5 - 10 with the same time commitment?

Perhaps I'm missing something here that a wiser person will help by pointing out.
Then why make 5 or 10 gallons when you could make 20 or 30? Your take on batch size is just that...your preference. Some people don't drink as much as you do or want variety. I personally could never drink more than a 12 pack of the same beer in any given timeframe. I like variety and I like to try new things. Staring at 2+ cases of the same beer is not appealing to me.

You also have to consider space or money issues. Not everyone can have a dedicated chest freezer fermentation chamber.
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Then why make 5 or 10 gallons when you could make 20 or 30? Your take on batch size is just that...your preference. Some people don't drink as much as you do or want variety. I personally could never drink more than a 12 pack of the same beer in any given timeframe. I like variety and I like to try new things. Staring at 2+ cases of the same beer is not appealing to me.

You also have to consider space or money issues. Not everyone can have a dedicated chest freezer fermentation chamber.
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I started with a Mr.Beer kit a couple years ago and figured a couple gallons per batch was pretty good. Now I can't imagine why anyone would bother with anything less than a 5 gal. batch. Actually thinking of upgrading my equipment to do 10 gal. batches.

I spend 5-6 hours for every brew session including mash, sparge, boil, cooling and then clean-up afterward. It doesn't matter if I'm making 2 gal. or 10, the time requirement per batch is almost the same. So why not make two kegs of beer per session instead of one? Or more to the point, why make 2 gal. when you can make 5 - 10 with the same time commitment?

Perhaps I'm missing something here that a wiser person will help by pointing out.
Your not missing anything, I was intimidated before my first 10 gallon batch, after brewing it, I told my wife why haven't we been doing 10 gal batches all along? its the same amount of work as a 5 gallon batch.

Now I only do a 5 gal batch if its a experiment.

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I told my wife why haven't we been doing 10 gal batches all along?
The guy that runs the lhbs was telling me of a customer who buys the supplies to make 20 gal. batches and only brews a few times each year. I guess the guy knows what he wants to have on hand and doesn't feel like tying up any more time and effort than necessary to meet that need. And it makes sense from a purely pragmatic view.

I tend to be a little more experimental at this point and like the smaller 5 gal. batches because it gives a little more room to grow my skills. I've even done a few 1 gal. BIAB batches to try new recipes. But there are several beers I make all the time now and it would be nice to just make 10 gal., get it into the kegs and know there was enough on hand to last a while.

When you entertain as much as we do it is embarrassing to run out of your famous home brewed beer.
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The guy that runs the lhbs was telling me of a customer who buys the supplies to make 20 gal. batches and only brews a few times each year. I guess the guy knows what he wants to have on hand and doesn't feel like tying up any more time and effort than necessary to meet that need. And it makes sense from a purely pragmatic view.

I tend to be a little more experimental at this point and like the smaller 5 gal. batches because it gives a little more room to grow my skills. I've even done a few 1 gal. BIAB batches to try new recipes. But there are several beers I make all the time now and it would be nice to just make 10 gal., get it into the kegs and know there was enough on hand to last a while.

When you entertain as much as we do it is embarrassing to run out of your famous home brewed beer.
Even though we brew 10 gallon batches mostly, we also really like having several different beers on tap, so to make that happen I found a old kegerator and reconditioned it with a 3 tap tower, it holds 4 kegs so 1 is on a party tap, giving us each 3 to pull from most of the time, I say 3 each cuz I brew my wife her own beers that she loves and I don't really like, and I have a few she dose not like ether, so we try to keep it to 1 keg each that the other person isn't fond of.

Last month it worked out that it was a all wife beer kegerator lol sucked for me but she loved it, she was pulling 1/4 pints of each and saying this is great honey ! lol

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Last month it worked out that it was a all wife beer kegerator lol sucked for me but she loved it, she was pulling 1/4 pints of each and saying this is great honey ! lol
That has to be a fun challenge with both of you enjoying beer. My wife will have a glass once in a while, but she really prefers wine. She and my daughter enjoy cider so I make a batch of that every once in awhile. In fact, aside from the small BIAB test batches, cider is about the only thing I still bottle.

And even though we're smack dab in the middle of some of the best grape growing country in the world, I can't seem to get excited about learning to make wine.
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That has to be a fun challenge with both of you enjoying beer. My wife will have a glass once in a while, but she really prefers wine. She and my daughter enjoy cider so I make a batch of that every once in awhile. In fact, aside from the small BIAB test batches, cider is about the only thing I still bottle.

And even though we're smack dab in the middle of some of the best grape growing country in the world, I can't seem to get excited about learning to make wine.
LOL can't blame you a bit, I have only had, I think 2 wines that I have ever liked.

Just isn't my cup of tea I guess.

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LOL can't blame you a bit, I have only had, I think 2 wines that I have ever liked.

Just isn't my cup of tea I guess.
We've had some really good wines and we belong to a wine-club of one of our favorite wineries in Paso Robles. The problem I have with wine is the same problem I have with Scotch. I really like the good stuff and really don't like the cheap stuff. So I'll uncork a bottle of good zinfandel, cabernet or sangiovese for a particularly special meal. Then drink beer for the rest of my life.
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