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Old 08-21-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default How small of a batch could you brew?

Lots of people ask about 2.5 gallon and gallon recipes, but how small of a batch do you think you could effectively brew that would have the same consistency and quality of a full five or ten gallon batch? Ignore the time or ingredient efficiency issues...

1/2 gallon? 32oz? 12oz??


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Old 08-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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One picoliter.

I have access to a laboratory.


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One picoliter.

I have access to a laboratory.
Could you dry hop that?
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:50 PM   #4
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Could you dry hop that?
Sure can. One thousandth of a hop dust particle will suffice.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #5
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HA this is a fun thought.

To keep with the spirit of it you cannot just brew a small batch and then take a picoliter from it. You must be able to go from grain to... test tube??...
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I dunno, but I was considering building a 3-tier with a 1 gallon igloo cooler and a couple of camp stove burners... This reminded me of that.
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If you could brew a 12oz batch you could ferment in a bottle and as fermentation comes to an end just cap it and let it naturally carbonate. You could mash in a coffee cup.
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I've heard of homebrew clubs running a competition where members had to brew one pint of beer and submit it for judging. I think that would be really fun.
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The 1 pint idea really appeals to me for some reason. Wonder if beersmith can help with a batch that small? Off I go to find out!
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the smallest ones i do are 1/4 gallon experimental batches. you dont waste really any money on trying out those crazy brew ideas. also a fast brew and easy clean up.


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