I am interested in brewing small batches of several new ideas. I want to stay away from brewing 5 gallons of something I don't know what it should taste like. I'm mainly considering apfelwine, mead, and some more aggressive beers.
I wanted to know what I can use to brew these small batches. I'm talking primary fermenters and secondaries. I know you don't want a lot of head space in the secondaries because of oxidation, yet I've only got plastic 6.5 gal primaries and 5-gal glass carboys. As recommended by a member in another thread the one possibility I can think of is my two 2.25-gal Mr. Beer fermenters. However, being that the Mr Beer fermenters don't have an airlock, would that still be ok? Would there need to be any alterations done? I'd probably refit the spigot so I could use my vinyl tubing, but that's it. Will long-term aging in a plastic fermenter be bad compared to glass?
Let me know. I really want to try some new things and let me know if you've got any interesting "testing" recipes.
EDIT: Here's a link to a Mr. Beer fermenter picture.