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Old 07-20-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default Why 5 gallon batches?

I have the ability to brew all grain recipes. I also buy kits that make 5 gallon batches. this is great for most beers which i am sure will get drank and enjoyed by many. I was wondering if it is necessary to brew in five gallon batches. I want to do some experimenting and wondered if 2.5 or 3 gallon recipes work just as good as 5 gallon recipes. I use brew smith and can have it help with calculations. just wondered if the quality and taste of the beer would be as good. any feedback would be helpful.


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Old 07-20-2011, 01:01 AM   #2
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Recipes are scalable, that means that they are great or ****ty regardless of the batch size. A TON of folks on here do 2.5 and even 1 gallon batches, both ag and extract.

A lot of folks, including myself, do experimental batches in 2.5 gallon...and even do it on our stove tops.

Most of my test beers are done as a smaller batch and then scaled upwards.

Why the hell would you think the quality would suffer for being a small batch?

I've medalled with some of my small batches.


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Old 07-20-2011, 01:04 AM   #3
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The old Mr. Beer keg is great for fermenting 2.5 gallon experimental batches!
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i second that. i live in a tiny apt with a super small kitchen. i've been doing all-grain 1 gallon batches on the stovetop... works out just great and i'm learning a lot. BUT.... next batch i do is gonna be 5 gallons for sure. it's the same amount of work really. i'm tired of sweating my balls off for 9 bottles of beer!
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The old Mr. Beer keg is great for fermenting 2.5 gallon experimental batches!
Yes it is!!!!!!

In fact a put a primer on AG stovetop brewing in the Mr Beer thread years ago.
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Sounds like a great way to do an experiment and make a starter for the next 5-10 gal batch at the same time!
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:27 AM   #7
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That's the beauty of brewing your own beer u can do whatever the hell u want and nobody but u can say its wrong. I have been wanting to do a mead but not realy sure if I like them so I'm planning on doing a 1 gal batch for fun
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When I went to BIAB, I went to 2.5g batches (from 5g) and I'm very happy with the decision. I get to brew more often, and try a lot of different recipes while I'm still learning. I usually get sick of a beer after a case or so, 2.5g is my personal sweet spot.
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I am a big fan of small batch brewing (2-3 gallons)..
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I tried a small batch once and like a dumbass I thought my boil-off would be cut in half as well. Whoops. I had like 1.5 gallons after the boil and not 2.5 gallons.


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