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Old 01-07-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default What can 1 gallon carboys be used for?

I've noticed some craigslist deals on 1 gallon jugs and was wondering what they could be used for? I've read on here about people brewing one gallon batches, but I would think that would need more than a one gallon carboy so it has enough head room. I guess maybe for pitching a starter? Anyone know of anything else? I figure I better ask now so I can jump on it if I see a good deal.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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For yeast starter, or secondary for 1 gal test batches..

I also make small batches of apfelwein in them..

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:15 AM   #3
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I've been thinking about picking up a few for some mead... I've also used them for large starters.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:18 AM   #4
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hmm, I can make a 1 gallon mead in a 1 gallon carboy? that sounds pretty interesting.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:18 AM   #5
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i use mine for yeast starters, experimental batches and my wife uses them to secondary/tertiary 1 gal batches of wine.

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I have five filled with wine that was left over after my 6-gal carboys were filled.

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The 1 gallon growler I have can fit a gallon batch pretty easily. Rig up a blowoff, and you won't have any trouble. That said, I only use mine for test batches to try to dial new stuff in before I commit to a 5 gallon batch of it.

They can also work for blowoff reservoirs for multiple fermenters (assuming smaller tubes are used).

edit: Just remembered, I will also use them sometimes for splitting up a batch. That way, I can use my 6.5 gallon primary for one batch, and then split a second 5-gallon batch, 4 gallons into a 5 gallon carboy and 1 gallon into the jug. Then either pitch a different yeast/rack onto fruit/dry hop into the jug, or just split up the regular yeast between the two vessels.

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I don't know what kind of "deals" you are seeing, but I went to whole foods and bought empty 1 gallon glass cider jugs from the recycle bin for the deposit price ($0.20 per jug). What to do with them? ferment random things in them- split batches and do different yeasts or different dry hops, add dregs from belgian's to a gallon of homebrew, etc

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Same as others.. I used them for starters before I got a nice flask, also I use them for aging mead. I also plan to get into saving yeast. I am thinking of using one to hold a yeast cake.

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Same as others.. I used them for starters before I got a nice flask, also I use them for aging mead. I also plan to get into saving yeast. I am thinking of using one to hold a yeast cake.
Just my .02 cents but i dont think you'll need such a big jug for washing your yeast. You'll want several smaller jars/jugs. Check out the yeast washing in the Wiki . or search for the thread.
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