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Old 10-21-2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I've spent the morning doing some research, watching Houston get theirs ass's kicked, and drinking a great beer. I've been trying to find some info on brewing small batches, because I'm interested in experimenting with some different techniques and flavors and still have a control. So my plan is (rather than spend tons of money on growlers) get some 1 gallon apple juice jugs and use them as my primary/secondary "carboys". I'd like to hear what you folks have tried or if you have tried this. Specifically though, if I buy a 5 gallons worth of malt/yeast would it simply be dividing everything by 5 to spilt it up into 5 separate brews, or is it a bit more complicated than that. Also do you have any suggestions for pitching yeast on this scale when using White Labs yeast? Any thoughts/experience/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:10 PM   #2
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I bought my apple juice for Apfelwin in the 1 gallon glass jugs....perfect for carboys. I use them for small batches of mead and wine. A number 8 stopper works fine for me.
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:15 PM   #3
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You could always pickup some cheap wine in 1 gallon jugs also.

 
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:13 AM   #4
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I have one gallon glass jugs (3) as well as three gallon glass Carboys (2) Both sizes are very handy for small batches.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:28 AM   #5
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Excellent...thanks guys..

What are your thoughts on the recipe? Can I just divide it by the number of batches that I plan on making? Also Yeast...how would I divide that up? Or would I need yeast cultures for each batch?
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:24 PM   #6
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I use 4L reagent bottles when I do test runs so I am sure the apple juice containers would work

 
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