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mike004 09-20-2005 03:27 PM

Small batches for newbie learning curve
 
I'm a newbie with a couple of kit brews currently on the go.
I've been learning up on "proper" grain/hop brewing and am really keen to try out a few ideas as soon as possible.

I'm thinking about rolling out a few small experimental batches, 1 or 2 galls.

Pros: I'll get more brewing experience and quicker; greater variety of brews coming on stream over the next few months

Cons: Small batches more costly; sediment may be more of an issue during racking.

What do you think?

Mike

AHammer16 09-20-2005 03:31 PM

Go w/ 5 gallon batches. The recipies are for 5 gallon batches and if you scale them down you will run into prob. w/ your hops numbers. Plus 5 gall are very easy to work with.

Toilet Rocker 09-20-2005 03:37 PM

And you (and your scavenger friends) will go thru 5 Gal in no time at all. :D

mike004 09-20-2005 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AHammer16
Plus 5 gall are very easy to work with.

Yes, I know.
But I'm using bottles at the moment....5 gall is 40 bottles.
A 2 gall brew of 16 bottles would be easier.

Mike

Cheesefood 09-20-2005 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mike004
Yes, I know.
But I'm using bottles at the moment....5 gall is 40 bottles.
A 2 gall brew of 16 bottles would be easier.

Mike

With a bottling wand, bottling is the easiest (and most fun) part of the process. You'll spend as much (or more) time making everything else, so why not finish it properly with a full 40+ bottles?

There's just something cool about telling people you have 5 gallons of beer on-hand.

Walker 09-20-2005 04:04 PM

you need bigger bottles. :D

mike004 09-20-2005 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cheesefood
With a bottling wand, bottling is the easiest (and most fun) part of the process. You'll spend as much (or more) time making everything else, so why not finish it properly with a full 40+ bottles?

There's just something cool about telling people you have 5 gallons of beer on-hand.

Thanks, CF.
Re: your signature, asking for suggestions for your next brew.

Something dark -- Bohemian dark lager. I was in Prague earlier this year, the Kozel dark lager was sublime! I plan to try to brew it when I have a bit more experience.

Mike

AHammer16 09-22-2005 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walker
you need bigger bottles. :D

Yes bigger bottles!!! 22oz at least. Because 22 oz is 1/2 a serving!

Rookie 09-25-2005 08:37 PM

Instead of bottles think about one of the "mini-keg" type systems that are out there. I have a Philtap, a Party pig and a Tap-a-draft. They hold from 1.25 to 2.5 gallons. One or two and your are done bottling.
All work pretty good and one of them should fit your needs and space.


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