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Old 01-19-2013, 05:36 AM   #1
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Default Brewing 3 gallons vs 5?

Does anyone ever just brew 2.5-3 gallon batches or just brew all 5 gallons? For myself I would like to do smaller, more frequent batches to increase turnover and try new styles/improve technique. I also don't have a lot of space to store beer once it's bottled so this might help.


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Old 01-19-2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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I often do 2.5 gallon batches if its a high OG and I can't mash a full batch, or if my larger primaries are full, or if I'm trying something weird.


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Old 01-19-2013, 06:23 AM   #3
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I did 2.5 gallon batches for awhile. Didn't have to make starters, but spent a lot of money on yeast.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:31 AM   #4
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For the past 2 years I've done nearly exclusively 3G batches. More often than not, I'm the only person drinking it. It makes more sense in my situation to drink 24-30 beers rather than +50. It also allows for more experimentation.
Also since I brew all grain, my brew days are +3hrs if everything's streamlined so much below 3G just isn't worth the time IMO.
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I do 3-gallons for most of my beers. It sucks when you get a really good beer because you'll burn through it pretty quick, but if your beer is sub-par you don't have to drink as much of it. It's a trade-off.
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I often do 2.5 gallon batches if its a high OG and I can't mash a full batch, or if my larger primaries are full, or if I'm trying something weird.
Does this mean you ferment in smaller containers? I've been kicking around the half batch idea but worry about fermenting in 6.5 gallon containers.

By the way, I just checked the link in your signature. What a great idea. Looking forward to some veggies-for-beer swapping this summer.
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I wouldn't worry about too much headspace in primary. The yeast kicks out something like 10x the CO2 you need to fill it.
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Does this mean you ferment in smaller containers? I've been kicking around the half batch idea but worry about fermenting in 6.5 gallon containers.

By the way, I just checked the link in your signature. What a great idea. Looking forward to some veggies-for-beer swapping this summer.
I use a smaller 3 gallon better bottle, but I think you're fine using a bigger one as a primary (probably not for a secondary, where you don't have all that co2 to protect it.

Thanks! Got to love the new Oregon homebrew laws. Just make sure those veggies a beer ingredients!
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I was also wondering about the head space issue, but sounds like its not too much of a problem.

BTW, what kind of laws does Oregon have on home brewing?
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I've done several half size batches and fermented in the 6 1/2 gallon fermenter. No problem. I lets me brew more often and gets more varieties to try. It takes about the same amount of time to make a 2 1/2 gallon batch as a 5 gallon batch though.


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