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Old 10-25-2009, 12:04 AM   #1
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I would like to start out brewing (approximately)1 Gallon batches.

Somebody at the homebrew club meeting today was explaining how much simpler it would be and how much better it would work in my case.

I'm just trying to stir up some discussion about the 1 gallon method. The brewpot might seem more feasible (you might already have one) and its easier to cool 1 gallon of wort down.

I'm sure there are a bunch of pros and cons to this method but I think it will be a good method for myself. The biggest question that I have is: Where do I get recipes that will work (easily) with this method? I'm guessing that any extract batch can be divided by 5 (for the most part) but I have only really looked at liquid extract "kits".

I'm guessing that I would find a recipe for a Dry malt extract, right?

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Old 10-25-2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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Any recipe would work - just divide everything by 5 (or whatever the original volume was). I've done some 3 gallon batches, but never a 1 gallon. Given my equipment, I can get close to all-grain, full boils with a 3 gallon batch.

A 1 gallon batch will only yield you 8 or 9 bottles of beer. You still need to spend the same amount of time to clean and sanitize and brew and ferment as you would for a 3 or 5 gallon batch, so I'm not sure it would be worth it. Most 1 gallon batches I've seen discussed are for experimental purposes - trying a few things for comparison so a larger batch is split into a series of 1 gallon batches.

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Any recipe would work - just divide everything by 5 (or whatever the original volume was). I've done some 3 gallon batches, but never a 1 gallon. Given my equipment, I can get close to all-grain, full boils with a 3 gallon batch.

A 1 gallon batch will only yield you 8 or 9 bottles of beer. You still need to spend the same amount of time to clean and sanitize and brew and ferment as you would for a 3 or 5 gallon batch, so I'm not sure it would be worth it. Most 1 gallon batches I've seen discussed are for experimental purposes - trying a few things for comparison so a larger batch is split into a series of 1 gallon batches.
I guess to me it seems like I could do it cheaper. Smaller carboys, Smaller Kettle (can do it indoors). This is my way of thinking. I won't drink a ton of beer either and I think I would benefit from 1 gallon batches. I do however know where you are coming from with the larger batches are basically the same amount of cleanup. I guess the only thing holding me back is the cost of a large burner/kettle and even a chiller.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:03 AM   #4
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Yeah, you can totally do that, just make five at a time!

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I guess to me it seems like I could do it cheaper. Smaller carboys, Smaller Kettle (can do it indoors). This is my way of thinking. I won't drink a ton of beer either and I think I would benefit from 1 gallon batches. I do however know where you are coming from with the larger batches are basically the same amount of cleanup. I guess the only thing holding me back is the cost of a large burner/kettle and even a chiller.
FWIW: I do all my brewing indoors on an electric range. I use a 3-gallon stock pot. I now do partial mashes, but started with all extract. When I do 5 gallon batches, I have to top up the fermenter with 2.5-3 gallons of tap water. When I do 3 gallon batches, I only have to top off with 0.5-1 gallons.

So, basically, you don't need a lot of big, expensive equipment to brew even 5 gallons, let alone 3 gallons. You don't need a chiller - some ice, water, and a sink will work just fine.

I get what you are saying about doing things cheaper, but 8 beers isn't going to last you very long and you'll be brewing another batch soon. You can do a 1 gallon batch, but my gut tells me that you'll be wishing you brewed more.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:23 AM   #6
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There is no point in a 1 gallon batch. I could drink that in a night! The amount of effort you will put in you might as well do a minimum of 3 if not 5 gallons.

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FWIW: I do all my brewing indoors on an electric range. I use a 3-gallon stock pot. I now do partial mashes, but started with all extract. When I do 5 gallon batches, I have to top up the fermenter with 2.5-3 gallons of tap water. When I do 3 gallon batches, I only have to top off with 0.5-1 gallons.

So, basically, you don't need a lot of big, expensive equipment to brew even 5 gallons, let alone 3 gallons. You don't need a chiller - some ice, water, and a sink will work just fine.

I get what you are saying about doing things cheaper, but 8 beers isn't going to last you very long and you'll be brewing another batch soon. You can do a 1 gallon batch, but my gut tells me that you'll be wishing you brewed more.
I see where you are coming from and that does make a lot of sense as in if I brew a good beer I will want to keep it around longer. I guess I just hate the idea of experimenting on 5 gallon batches. I could however stick with a very simple base and then split that up into a couple different 1 gallon containers for experimentation. I guess I almost forgot that you can top the fermenter up with water with extract kits to compensate for what you didn't boil in the stock pot. I just thought when I do start to experiment with "styles" it might be cheaper to do 1 (or maybe 3) gallon batches so I can test the different styles. I am very picky and I feel I will be that way about my beers.

I guess I could always pawn them off on friends. haha.

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There is no point in a 1 gallon batch. I could drink that in a night! The amount of effort you will put in you might as well do a minimum of 3 if not 5 gallons.
Oh believe me I could drink that super quick if I was "drinking" that night. Hell I could polish off 2 gallons for that matter. I am just trying to watch my intake of calories/carbs.. I do weigh 370lbs and I figure if I keep tons of beer in the house that I would be tempted to drink it all of the time. It's hard to turn down a homebrew.
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Go for it! It's fun to make beer. Especially if you're not sure how it'll turn out. However, if it turns out really good, you'll regret not having brewed more!!

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:01 AM   #10
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dude, i am brewing a ten gallon batch tomorrow in cbus. if you want some un hopped wort stop by, i'll just throw another pound or two in the mash tun. if you want some hopped wort i am brewing a two hearted ale.

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