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Old 12-06-2013, 01:16 PM   #21
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I'm a newb to brewing, only up to 15 gal total.
One of the thing I find really interesting about homebrew is the
new found appreciation for the Beer, bordering on a awe or reverence without being sacrilegious. Drinking Homebrew at a rate on par with knocking back mass produced mainstream lagers is just not happening for me.
The quality drinking outweighs the necessity of quantity. I'm very happy I started brewing and keeping fermentor and secondaries full is a rewarding result of each 3 hour endeavor. I have the ability to brew in a commercial kitchen in my FD so I could upscale from 5 gal batch size with the addition of an extra 6.5 gal fermentor bucket.
I've been taught that this size works best for initial Krausen with out a blowoff tube,and racking to secondary isn't really necessary but frees up the primary for the next batch.
I got close to a blowout on a creme ale extract, noticed my airlock cloudy and some leakage around the lid rim as i opened it to bottle.
I need to work on controlling fermentation temps more evenly and a bit lower perhaps. Either way I'd rather not knock back a 30 of Coors or Bud Lite anymore, my tastebuds are revolting when I try.

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #22
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I hear you there, I have gotten to the point I can't stand BMC anymore, its homebrew or nothing now

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:54 PM   #23
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I am going to strongly disagree with everyone who said 3 gallon batches are a waste of time. A 3 gallon batch, while taking an equal amount of time to brew initially, saves some time and space later. A 3 gallon batch will net you a case of beer with some left over for friends to sample. That's one less case to bottle. Also, space is a consideration for me; I'm looking to maximize the number of styles I have on hand, and two cases for each beer means only 3 styles in my beer fridge at once. That is not okay with me. Clearly, by and large 5 gallon is the way to go, and I will be upgrading once I start kegging, but for now it suits me better to do 3.

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Old 12-06-2013, 05:04 PM   #24
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Here are some thoughts...

I really like having a 3 gallon better bottle around. It's easy to move around and it fits inside my bottling bucket if I'd like to put it in an ice bath at the beginning of fermentation. It's where I try out new recipes before brewing a bigger batch. Now I have 3, 5, 6, and 6.5 gallon carboys to choose from, so I have some freedom. I understand that might not be reasonable when you're just getting into the hobby.

My outside-the-box alternative for you is to get 2x 3 gallon better bottles. That way, if you're creating your own recipe, just scale down to 3 gallons. Then, when you use a 5 gallon pre-packaged kit, just split your wort into 2. As a side note, this would easily facilitate some experimentation (diff yeasts, dry hopping, etc).

Anyway, whatever you do, good luck and happy brewing!

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Old 12-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #25
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Brew any size you want to , but invest for what will be right later on.
A 1 gal brew is fine in a 6 gal pot, can't do vica versa.

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Old 12-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #26
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just do 2 5 gallon batches at once and taste it before you bottle. if it's infected or totally messed up you can pour it out and start over. if you do extract kits and follow instructions reasonably well you are likely to get good results unless you let it get oxidized or something

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