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Old 09-02-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Hi there. I would like some advice if possible from experts - for a complete novice who is only thinking about starting.

I read the book Beer Craft - brewing small batch brews. It seems exciting - and am wondering if I should go down that route.

If there is anyone out there that has tried the techniques described in this book I would appreciate any feedback...

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Old 09-02-2011, 11:26 PM   #2
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Do, or do not. There is no try

Sorry, couldn't resist that.

Check out www.howtobrew.com

There is a book you can read online and it should interest you. I also suggest buying the updated hard copy.


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Old 09-02-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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Go for it! Join the obsession! Good luck!
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:46 PM   #4
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Whats a small batch? I would go ahead and brew a 5 gallon batch

 
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:02 AM   #5
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Whats a small batch? I would go ahead and brew a 5 gallon batch
Agree, 5 is a good size. Personally I wouldn't do less unless I'm trying to perfect a recipe. Us homebrewers generally do 5 or 10 gallon batches, but in the scheme of things, 5 is relatively small.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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On brew day, brewing a small batch and brewing a 5g batch will take the same amount of time more or less. You will have to clean larger vessels and bottling (if that is your method) will take a bit longer. But I guarantee you, when you drink the last beer from a small batch you will kick yourself for not brewing more of it in the first place.

 
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On brew day, brewing a small batch and brewing a 5g batch will take the same amount of time more or less. You will have to clean larger vessels and bottling (if that is your method) will take a bit longer. But I guarantee you, when you drink the last beer from a small batch you will kick yourself for not brewing more of it in the first place.
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Very true, I am brewing 3 gallons at a time and cannot brew it fast enough...
So made a temporary jump to 5 gallons and plan on going to 10 as soon as the hobby budget builds back up!
Go 5 from the start, I wish I had!
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:46 AM   #8
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Thanks for the responses! Y'all haven't convinced me! 5 gallons is way to scary...I do agree - a small batch (1 gallon in this case - not really a case) will be gone in a weekend.

I think I will start with a Stout. Like the tip, gestyr, - do it or don't! I'm in....

 
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Most of us start out with 5 gallons. it isn't scarey at all
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:15 AM   #10
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if i look at a recipe, i have to decide if it's worth doing 11 gallons... unless it's a specialty, like a stout, porter, wit, hefeweizen... oh well, i brew it all, 5.5 or 11 gallons


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