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Old 12-10-2012, 06:04 PM   #11
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Any problems/issues with this solution (Since I have the same issue):

Make the full 5-gallon batch, put 4 gallons in the glass carboy and 1 gallon into a wine jug and just go from there??

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #12
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Any problems/issues with this solution (Since I have the same issue):

Make the full 5-gallon batch, put 4 gallons in the glass carboy and 1 gallon into a wine jug and just go from there??
No problem at all! Just make sure you get the yeast into the 1 gallon fermenter and that the wort is thoroughly mixed if you are not doing full boil volumes.

In fact, this is usually a great way to get some variation in your recipes without actually brewing more than once. Try a different yeast. Try a different dry hop or spices. Try some other crazy idea (Jalapeño Hefe anyone?!) Its only 9 or 10 beers worth.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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Thats a genius idea. I wanted to make a Guinness clone but also kind of wanted to try Chocolate or Raspberry flavor in it but didnt want to commit the flavor to the whole 5G. I could see myself doing this method all the time...

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:58 PM   #15
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That is a great idea. I can't believe I didn't suggest it, because I'm doing something very similar right now!

In my case, it was inadvertent due to some mixing problems and the ensuing corrective action that led to having a half gallon of 1.061 wort and some extra yeast starter. Fortunately, I didn't throw them out in frustration at 2:30 am while fixing the real batch, so the next morning I pitched the yeast... It's lagering now, so we'll have 4-5 bottles of a sorta makeshift partigyle bock.

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