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Old 10-24-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Least expensive '1 gallon' fermenters (for test batches)?

I wanted to do a series of 1 gallon test batches with extra light DME and one specialty grain and one hop to start to learn the differences in taste and feel to these various ingredients. I think 1 gallon batches for these make the most sense since there is a long road ahead of me. What 'on the cheap' fermenter is ok to use that will allow CO2 to release and won't disflavor the brewing beer? Thanks.



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Old 10-24-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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Look for the gallon jugs of cider (perfect time of year for them). Last year Whole Foods had really good ones



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Cider or Gallo wine...

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Carlo Rossi wine jugs are great. They cost about $10 each. You just have to find something to do with the gallon of crap wine that comes in them.

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Do you guys drill a small hole in the cap for CO2 to exit?

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Do you guys drill a small hole in the cap for CO2 to exit?
no, we usually fit a rubber stopper and an airlock on it....though you Could drill a hole, add an rubber grommet and affix an airlock to that.
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I wanted to do a series of 1 gallon test batches with extra light DME and one specialty grain and one hop to start to learn the differences in taste and feel to these various ingredients. I think 1 gallon batches for these make the most sense since there is a long road ahead of me. What 'on the cheap' fermenter is ok to use that will allow CO2 to release and won't disflavor the brewing beer? Thanks.
I bought a couple extract kits from Austin Homebrew recently while they had the 50 state sale. The liquid extract came in small buckets that are perfect for test batches.
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A 1 gallon jug at most homebrew shops is $3-$5. Sometimes cheaper if you buy a box of 4

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Buy 5 gallons of apple juice-make a batch of apfelwein. Now you have 5 1 gallon fermenters. I've femented in 1 gallon distilled water jugs before with no taste issues. Now I use glass though, I find 1 gallon glass jugs 1$ all the time at the thrift stores.

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I use these. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/kegging/mini-kegs/tap-a-draft/tap-a-draft-6l-bottle.html I bought a whole system and hated it so use it for 1 to 1.25G test batches. A stopper for glass carboys with an airlock fits wells



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