Originally Posted by Rook
Why are you brewing half batches? I can't imagine doing this much work and waiting 6 weeks for 28 beers, thats not even a beer a day for your wait!
I'm about to get another carboy so I can get two batches going at once. I need to stock up on bottles though. Every 12er of cindercone is another half case I can bottle later
I'm at ahlf batch for the time being as I got a Beer Machine for Christmas (I picked up a Mr Beer for a secondary vessel for $10) to experiment with. My wife thoughtfully bought me the gift of beer and said that if I liked brewing that the following Christmas she would upgrade me.
So, it's been small batches but it's not any less fulfilling! Space is a commodity at this point but I've been planning and I think that with the patience, I could be brewing full batches by next year. Yes, I brew under a case at this point because I ususally test 6 to 12 ounces suring fermentation and claryfication for off flavor and contamination. Just picked up a hydrometer and testing cask and that will further deplete the final volume but I'll brew as often as I can and be happy with whatever yield.
The major objective right now is to brew accurately, build confidence by knowing that no matter how or how much I brew, it's always good or better beer.
Just maximizing the value of the gift for now......looking forward though, always looking forward.