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Old 12-05-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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A second Mr. Beer barrel vs a 5 gallon bucket?

I seem to be leaning towards 2 Mr. Beer barrels so I can ferment 2 recipes at the same time.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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Yes, because two five gallon recipes are superior to one five gallon and one 2.5 gallon.

If it is for experimental purposes we will let you slide.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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A 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot is under $5, how much is a mr. beer kit?

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
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A lot of people pick them up from craigslist and garage sales. Sometimes even cheaper than HD buckets.
They're perfect fermenters for 2.5 gallon batches. I use mine quite regularly for 2.5 gallon stovetop AG batches.

You can also lager in your fridge with them if you want since they're low profile.

Ignore the snobs. Use what you want, brew what you want, brew what size you want. Lots of us do small batch brewing along side 5 gallon batches. Even 1 gallon batches. Noone sneers at a wine or mead maker making a 1 gallon batch.....
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #5
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I ruined my Mr beer with boiling wort. Still wish I had that little guy around for inexpensive experiments. Why not get both?!

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:03 AM   #6
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if someone gave me one or I found one cheap enough, I'd use it for small batches.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:49 AM   #7
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I've started using mine for test batches and have since picked up some 2.5 gallon fermenter buckets because I missed the ones I was thinking of getting on CL.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:57 AM   #8
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I started with a Mr Beer and then bought a second one to keep the pipeline going. I do 10 gallon now but I lend out my Mr Beer kit to anyone that wants to use them. I may do a small batch one day and use the kit again.

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
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I ferment a 2 1/2 gallon batch in a 6 1/2 gallon fermenter and it works fine. Now lets see you put a 5 gallon batch in your Mr. Beer fermeter. The bigger fermenter gives you more options and does a fine job of it.

When my fermenter buckets are empty (it happens) I slide one inside the other to stack them into a smaller space. Try that with your Mr. Beer too.

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #10

Another option is a small, three gallon carboy. I have some cider in one of those now.

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