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Old 08-20-2010, 12:17 AM   #1
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6 gallons gets me closer to where I want to be than 5. I'm doing EXTRACT only at this point. My source sells fermentables by exact weight so I'm good there. Hops, fine, I will freeze the excess and use later. Can I just pitch the same yeast packet? Anything else I need to consider when doing 6 gallon batches? Anyone out there selling 6 gallon kits?


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Old 08-20-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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6 gallons gets me closer to where I want to be than 5. I'm doing EXTRACT only at this point. My source sells fermentables by exact weight so I'm good there. Hops, fine, I will freeze the excess and use later. Can I just pitch the same yeast packet? Anything else I need to consider when doing 6 gallon batches? Anyone out there selling 6 gallon kits?
Not that I've seen. The best way to do custom size batches would be to do all grain and measure the amounts of each ingredient accordingly. Or buy two 5 gal. kits and use 60% of them and then do a 4 gal. batch later.



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Old 08-20-2010, 12:26 AM   #3
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11 gram packets of quality dry yeast like Safale are more than enough for 6 gallon batches. Some of those smaller packets (7 grams?) they sell with pre packed kits are iffy IMO for 5 gallons.
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Brewmasters is my supplier until further notice and the yeast is 11 grams.
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I've started doing 6 gallon batches as well - I've adjusted my recipes and figure since I've got the room in my fermentation buckets and my boil pot I might as well maximize my output. I haven't had any issues so far pitching 11g sachet of dry yeast or a pitchable smack pack either.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:16 PM   #6
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There is really no reason to not be doing 6 gallon batches with these cheap (about $13 shipped) 7 1/2 gallon buckets from usplastic:

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...3470&catid=752

Two buckets and two lids qualify for $4.99 shipping. If the lids are as pictured, they are easy to pop off, multiple tabs all around.


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