3 gallon? 4 gallon? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > 3 gallon? 4 gallon?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-28-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
hopdawg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
hopdawg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Armstrong BC
Posts: 347
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts



Does anyone ever trim their batch sizes down to 3 or 4 gallons?
The reason I ask is that up until now I been brewing 5g batches because .....ah well.....thats what it looks like you're suppose to do.
I like variety and usually get bored with a beer half way through the keg. I have started bottling a portion of the batch leaving 4 gallons in the keg, but my collection is growing faster than I can consume them.
Also it seems to me that a 3 or a 4 gallon batch would eliminate my need for a yeast starter in most cases.
Thoughts?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 58,365
Liked 7411 Times on 6079 Posts


If I ever do a small batch it's a 1 gallon. Makes for a nice 12 pack of an experimental beer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 08:49 PM   #3
hamiltont
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Somewhere in the middle of Nebraska
Posts: 873
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


I understand your question but I went the other way, from 5 gallon batches to 10. I figured it's about the same amount of work for twice the beer. Sometimes I'll split a batch & do something different with each 5. Maybe you just need more kegs/faucets for more variety?
__________________
If Homebrew & BBQ aren't the answer, then you're askin' the wrong questions... Cheers!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:00 PM   #4
hopdawg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
hopdawg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Armstrong BC
Posts: 347
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts


I bet there's a bunch of stove top brewers that do smaller batches.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
shortyjacobs
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,509
Liked 34 Times on 34 Posts


Wish I had your problems....I'm starting to wish I could do more than 10 gallon batches.....and I've been brewing every single weekend, and some midday quickies, since starting this hobby.

Edit: Didn't brew on my anniversary weekend...but I damn sure brewed the monday after.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
OMJ
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Camp Hill, PA
Posts: 580
Liked 19 Times on 13 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by hamiltont View Post
I understand your question but I went the other way, from 5 gallon batches to 10. I figured it's about the same amount of work for twice the beer. Sometimes I'll split a batch & do something different with each 5. Maybe you just need more kegs/faucets for more variety?
I did the same.


to the op get a bigger kegerator maybe?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:52 PM   #7
Lcasanova
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Lcasanova's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Park Ridge, IL
Posts: 980
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by hamiltont View Post
...I figured it's about the same amount of work for twice the beer. Sometimes I'll split a batch & do something different with each 5...
I like this here, do a 5 gallon base and split into 5 one gallons...they did something on Basic Brewing Radio like this with different peppers. To keep it simple you could just split in half and try something different with it...

My 1 gallon test batches usually go in to a 1 gallon jug at .75 gallons, at the end of the day I should get a 6-pack...
__________________
Lucky 13 Brewing Company
Est. 2009

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:54 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,225
Liked 7720 Times on 5423 Posts


You could definitely do that. The easiest way, in my opinion, is to just do 2.5 gallon batches.. That way, you could just cut everything in half (except for yeast) and use any recipe you wanted. You could even buy a kit, but only use 1/2 the ingredients and then freeze the leftovers so you could make it again in 6 months if you want.

They sell 3 gallon carboys and kegs, too, if you really wanted to downsize.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 09:55 PM   #9
Whut
I'm old and tired. Get off my lawn.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Whut's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Peoria, AZ
Posts: 9,122
Liked 1809 Times on 1664 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by faststage1 View Post
but my collection is growing faster than I can consume them. Thoughts?
Yeah, I have a thought and can help you with your issue. Just send them to me and I'll drink them for you. Problem solved.

Seriouslly, you could do what you're suggesting but I don't. I brew 10gal batches and almost always have two different beers on tap.
__________________
May Whut see him safely through the Pearly Gates half an hour before Crash knows he's dead. - hunter_la5

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 10:09 PM   #10
GregT
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Tulare County California
Posts: 32

I hope this isn't heresy here, but you could get those Mr Beer kegs from their website for $10 to use for two gallon batches. I've split five gallon batches between them. They actually are designed for just over two gallons, so the recipes come out a bit strong. (I go over the 8.5 quart mark though.)

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gallon markings for 7 gallon plastic primary fermenter scone Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-15-2014 07:16 PM
Minimum burner BTU - 10 gallon batches in 15.5 gallon keggle schneemann Equipment/Sanitation 21 10-27-2009 04:01 PM
Can I use a 5 gallon glass carboy as a primary for a 2.5 gallon batch bgough All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 3 03-24-2009 05:41 PM
10 gallon and 5 gallon rubbermaid water coolers delivered for 68 bucks. RedOctober Equipment/Sanitation 6 12-12-2008 06:33 PM
5 gallon batch + 5 gallon primary fermenter = good noisy123 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 07-30-2008 11:45 AM


Forum Jump