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Old 02-05-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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From a practical standpoint, how do you handle small (1-gal) batches? One of the reasons I chose an IPA is because I can use a full ounce of hops in a single gallon, and I can vacuum-seal the DME, but what about the yeast? Do you just pitch an envelope of dry yeast in each, or make up a starter and divide it by five and brew every day until you're done, or what?
double batch brew days or save the yeast for next week's brew
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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Do you just use a fifth of a packet/starter?

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:12 PM   #13
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I'm doing it the other way round and seeing what effect the DME has - started with a mix of ELDME & LDME, and then trying the (virtually) same recipe with amber DME.

I'm doing IPA too, cos I love the flavour.

Can I point you in the direction of Bramling Cross for finishing hops, I've used a combination of these and Cascade (for bittering) and the flavour is beautiful. You can smell the input of the flavouring hops immediately. I've gone so far as to order some for my allotment (along with Fuggles).

I may go back to the original recipe once the amber brew is done, and have a play with some heavier bittering hops (than the Cascade), see what that does, and then try a couple of different types of finishing hops in combination.

I'm still doing 5 gallon batches though - I'm persuading the missus it's all in the cause of good science

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From a practical standpoint, how do you handle small (1-gal) batches? One of the reasons I chose an IPA is because I can use a full ounce of hops in a single gallon, and I can vacuum-seal the DME, but what about the yeast? Do you just pitch an envelope of dry yeast in each, or make up a starter and divide it by five and brew every day until you're done, or what?
I harvested slurry from a previous batch and used Mr. Malty to pitch appropriate amounts into my 2 gallon batches. You could do the same thing with a large starter.
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This is an episode of Wisconsin Foodie, of the New Glarus brewery. Near the end, the owner is testing hops. He pours pre-made wort from a carboy into six 2L flasks, adds the six hops to be tested pre-boil, then adds more hops later in the boil.

He is shooting for only one bottle for each hop sample.

http://video.wpt2.org/video/2304638469/

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Unfortunately I can't do that, since I intend to use only one hop, including as a bittering hop.

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