Review brew plan/recipes for 2.5gallon Brew in bag experinment
Please review my thinking on my brewing plan and recipes. Please add comments.
I am a newbie solo homebrewer. My homebrew experience is helping out with my 20yr veteran AG/kegging neighbor with his batches. With that being said, I am by passing the traditional starter kits and 5 gallon brews. Instead I want to learn about IPAs, AG brew in bag method with 2.5 gallon batches. I’ve always believed in “variety is the spice of life” and smaller/AG batches will allow me to do this.
3-3 ½ gallon food grade buckets with lids from US Plastics, much cheaper than better bottle
Siphon, tubing, air lock, sanitizing, bottle bucket, hydrometer etc-buying from LHBS or donated by neighbor
32 QT kettle and propane burner
60qt Yeti marine grade cooler for swamp cooler. Will be able to put all 3 fermenters in and close cooler lid to keep constant temperature w/out exchange frozen water bottles.
5 gallon paint strainer bags from Lowes.
Vegetable steamer for false bottom-Thanks revvy
Recipes: Ordering grains from Brewmasters with pre crushed grains
Halved BBT forum Bee cave brewery house pale ale
Halved Da yoopers pale ale
Halved Basic Brewing Radio’s amirrillo pale ale
I am going to dry hop in primary fermenters.
1. Thinking that 3 – 3 ½ gallons for mashing/boil volume is good. I will have less grain absorbtion and evaporation due to smaller batch size
2. Do I halve yeast or pitch with full dry yeast packet?
3. Do I halve bottle priming sugar or use instructions for 5 gallon priming recipe? I would think to halve it not to have bottle bombs.
4. Is there a boiling time guideline for hop utilization. I noticed some recipes say add hops for bitter, flavor and aroma without showing boil times. From reading books recommended on forum my thinking is:
Bittering hops can be boiled anywhere from 60-45 min from boil time
Flavoring hops can be boiled anywhere from 30-15 min from boil time
Aroma hops can be boiled anywhere from 5 minutes to flame out.
Thanks for the time and advice. I am looking forward to having 3 cases of different IPAs, nailing down my brew process and being up to date on AG brew in a bag.
Best of all 3 cases of my own home brew. Then next will be 3 different types of brown ale.
1. Sounds good for an extract.
2. I would pitch the whole packet. Better to have more than less. And depending on your O.G.s, you'll probably be perfect adding the entire packet.
3. http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html Let me add that hop utilization is dependent on several different factors and is slightly different depending on the individual's technique.
Here's an additional article to read that was really helpful during my extract days.
Thanks for the hop boiling graph. That will come in handy for a good guideline.
Evaporation might have more to do with surface area than volume.
Definitely halve the priming sugar.
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