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Old 05-03-2010, 06:20 AM   #1
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Default Best Test Batch Fermenter

I was thinking about doing a series of test batches, either 2L or 1 gal, just to familiarize myself with the way that different hops interact with one another.

What kinds of vessels should I consider for fermenters? I've got thin plastic distilled water jugs (1 gal) and I can get plastic 2L bottles easily enough. I'd love to get the glass jug from a gallon o' Gallo, but there's no way I could choke down enough crappy wine to get enough bottles in a decent amount of time. Maybe I should host a bottom shelf wine theme party... dress as a hobo, drink for free

Anyone have experience with this? What was successful? What should I avoid?

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:25 AM   #2
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Dunno. I experiment 5 gallons at a time. If the batch is undrinkable I usually just invite "friends" over to help me drink it.

I have made a few 3 gallon batches (in a normal 5 gallon carboy) and I have a 1 gallon batch of mead going right now (that one is in a 1 gallon jug that I picked up from AHS as a blow off container.)

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:26 AM   #3
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walmart sells the water jugs in 1 and 3 gallon sizes made from PET plastic that I believe at all under $10

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I use a 1 gallon growler.

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Buy 5 gallons of apple juice in glass jugs from the local upscale organic grocery store.

Make apfelwein with the juice. Ferment test batches in the jugs.

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