Brewing 3 gallons vs 5? - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Brewing 3 gallons vs 5?

Thread Tools
Old 01-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #11
Gear101's Avatar
Nov 2010
Posts: 2,068
Liked 74 Times on 69 Posts

If I'm trying a newer beer or if it takes alot of my hops, I'll try it with a 3 gallon batch. If I like it than I'll go with a 5 gallon run.
Island Time Brewery
Black Caesar Imperial Stout by Island Time Brewery
Islamorada Pale Ale by Island Time Brewery

Stainless is Painless

Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
Mar 2009
Posts: 97

I always make 2.5 gallon batches. I get more of a turnover and not forced to drink bad beer if it turns out that way.
The only time I make 5 gallons if I am making a summer lager that everyone likes.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #13
Sep 2009
Posts: 88
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

been thinking about switching to smaller batches. as most people have said, I am generally the only one drinking it.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
May 2010
Austin, TX
Posts: 173
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

I prefer doing smaller batches for now. I have to brew on my stove top which takes a long time to heat 6 gallons vs a 3 gallon run. As others mentioned, you get to try new things out, get a feel for different ingredients and the flavors they impart. I would advise anyone to start washing the yeast to save $, also, try to buy some of your materials in bulk to save $ as well. I usually buy my base grain in bulk, hops in bulk and then I get to play around with specialty malts and yeast strains. I ferment in my 7 gallon buckets and if I condition, I let it sit in a smaller vessel to free up my primaries.

Although, I still do about 2 or 3, 5 gallon batches a month but the mini brews are fun to play with, IMO. Brew on!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
Registered User
Nov 2012
Norton Shores, Michigan
Posts: 1,585
Liked 597 Times on 381 Posts

When I started AG brewing it was 2 gallon batches, so now I have a 2 and a 5 gallon set up, love using my 2 for ciders and SMaSH and other experiments. If you have a Android device BrewR app lets you scale a 5gal. recipe to 2 or any size you need very easily.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2013, 04:40 AM   #16
Jul 2008
Posts: 1,553
Liked 115 Times on 103 Posts

I brew a lot of IPAs that fade quickly and crazy experimental stuff I don't want to commit to 5 gallons of. I don't like having to be paranoid about boilovers. I drink about 95% of the beer I brew, and share the rest. I like having 7 or 8 beers to choose from. So I almost always brew 2-3 gallon batches. If I brew 5 gallon batches, I almost always split them in some way. Since I typically add all my late hops after flameout, I can--for example--use one grain bill to brew an American IPA and a Belgian IPA that don't have a lot in common.
Say no to intolerance: love gluten and lactose.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2013, 05:49 PM   #17
Junior Member
Dec 2012
Lake Wissota, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,037
Liked 94 Times on 75 Posts

I love my 2.5 gl setup. I can either do a quick 2 hour extract brew or an all grain BIAB. Like others have stated smaller batches take up less space, more experimentation, less clean up and 2.5 gl is just about the right amount of beer for me.

Here's my system.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #18
Apr 2011
Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 10
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I am on this boat as well. I have been doing 2.5-3 gallons now for 6 months and it works out much better for us guys that enjoy having decent selection.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 08:07 AM   #19
Jan 2008
Posts: 261
Liked 20 Times on 18 Posts

I brew small batches from time to time got a 3g plastic carboy. I'm probably going to do another one coming up after I get my current 2 full size started.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 02:43 PM   #20
patthebrewer's Avatar
Sep 2012
, allenwood, nj
Posts: 691
Liked 57 Times on 50 Posts

While I have the capacity to do larger batches...I mostly stick to 5-10 gallons. For me the economy of scale (in both time and money) works out better for larger batches....and I share alot.
Manasquan River Brewing LLC

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brewing 10 Gallons Desert_Sky General Beer Discussion 27 06-03-2013 05:46 PM
brewing ten gallons with 6 gallons boil pot 400d All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 17 03-12-2011 03:24 PM
Brewing 22 gallons tomorrow, anyone else brewing? ohiobrewtus All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 33 11-10-2007 06:22 AM
Brewing more than 5 gallons... antoniost Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 07-04-2007 05:05 PM
Brewing all 5 gallons? Lonek Extract Brewing 7 06-15-2007 02:16 PM

Forum Jump