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THANKS.

What do you suggest I try next on the difficulty scale as my 2nd batch?

As I like all beer, whatever I brew< i'll drink -- if it's drinkable.
No prob! And I encourage others to jump in, but I'd recommend anything fairly flavorful, and non-lagered. A few options along those lines would be Bitters, Brown Ales, Porters, Irish Reds (tis the season), Wheat Ales (particularly with fruit), or if you want something lager-y, I'd do a California Common, Kellerbier, or Schwarzbier using (very specifically) Lutra Kveik, since it works well even with minimal temp control (read: probably your setup)

For sours, if you have some time on your hands and want to go straight into the deep end without making garbage, you can grab some SourPitch, make some wort (but don't boil it), pitch maybe a .5-1 g per gallon (if you don't have a .1 or .01 g scale...maybe get one first), wait like 48-72 hours, then boil and hop it, ferment it with Lutra or US-05 or something forgiving, et voila. I've included one such example that I'm brewing literally today. Toss in like 12-16 oz of (thawed, room temp) frozen fruit, like ten days in, and then wait like another 7, then bottle to 2.5 vols using this calculator

The recipe's for 1.25 gallons, so cut everything down to 80% if you want a flat gallon
 

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All sounds good save for the sours -- not a big fan, guess I lied when I said I'll drink any beer.

However, while sours are off my list, I do actually like rauchbier and am guessing no one on this forum has ever tried that? That's probably a PhD level beer.
 

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All sounds good save for the sours -- not a big fan, guess I lied when I said I'll drink any beer.

However, while sours are off my list, I do actually like rauchbier and am guessing no one on this forum has ever tried that? That's probably a PhD level beer.
Joke's on you, I'm a smoke fiend. Here's a recipe from a while back that I remember loving, very heavy on the smoke; I used high pressure lager yeast, but Lutra's probably a better choice, and people seem to dig Kveiks generally with smoke flavors
 

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Well, that's a smackdown. I have not idea how to even infuse a wort or mash with smoke.

I guess all I can reply is that I have been to Weltenberg a couple of times.

Man, am I going to enjoy this hobby.
 

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Well, that's a smackdown. I have not idea how to even infuse a wort or mash with smoke.

I guess all I can reply is that I have been to Weltenberg a couple of times.

Man, am I going to enjoy this hobby.
There are a few approaches, but yeah fortunately smoked malt is a thing, and it's by a mile the simplest approach. And I'm sure you will - Bon Appetit!
 

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G'day,

I've made 1-gallon batches based on recipes found here. He has a PDF with recipes for many different styles of beer. The ones I've tried are really good beers. All you have to give him for the PDF is your email address - he has a no-spam promise. Hope that helps.

Cheers!

Chris
 

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I've made of his (beercraftr) 1G recipes too, they're pretty good.
Same here, his recipes were the first I tried after my introductory two partial mash kits. After making a couple of his recipes I was confident enough to start making my own.
 

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We just got a new stove that I’m trying not to ruin. I usually mash my one gallon batches with a sous vide stick and boil it on the stove. Can anyone recommend some sort of electric element or hot plate or something I can buy to boil one gallon batches (~1.5-2 gallons of wort) without the use of my stovetop? Just curious how many other people were going this route.
 

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There are some nice relatively inexpensive induction burners if you want stay electric.

I use a propane camp stove for my 1 gal batches, but plan to make a small electric boil kettle i can use my with existing controller.
 

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Can anyone recommend some sort of electric element or hot plate or something I can buy to boil one gallon batches (~1.5-2 gallons of wort)
There are some nice relatively inexpensive induction burners if you want stay electric.
+1 on the induction cooker if your kettle is induction ready.

Chris
 

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All sounds good save for the sours -- not a big fan, guess I lied when I said I'll drink any beer.

However, while sours are off my list, I do actually like rauchbier and am guessing no one on this forum has ever tried that? That's probably a PhD level beer.
There's not a lot of discussion around smoked beer because there just aren't that many fans. It's probably the most polarizing set of beers out there.

They aren't particularly difficult to brew. You can buy smoked grain which is where the smoke flavor comes from. You brew it like anything else. It's a little tough to get aggressive smoke flavor with extract beers because you can't brew a 100% smoked malt beer (there is no smoked extract commercially available) but no problem to make extract kits and do a partial mash with smoked grain.

At some point you might try smoking grain at home which is also not particularly difficult if you have a smoker or access to a smoker. Slightly different from the smoked malt you buy (it's smoked during the kiln process while the grain is wet) but I've made several great smoked beers using malt I smoked at home.
 

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I have been looking closer at kegs for small batches and I am wondering if I am missing some options. The idea of fermenting and serving from the same keg sounds appealing for speeding up the time from brew day to drinking, though this is not critical.

I have a kegging setup, so I would prefer a setup that used standard ball lock fittings (though I would be up for adding a more portable tap and CO2 fitting). Is there a solution that is significantly cheaper than something like the $80 Torpedo 6L kegs?

I have seen some similar kegs on eBay for around $70. I have some 10L Torpedo kegs, so a keg closer to 1 gallon would fit my needs better than a 1.6 gal keg.

I have looked around at various "stainless steel growler" products. Even on places like eBay and aliexpress, once you add on the adaptor cap for ball lock attachments, the price is in the $70 range. Kegland branded items are less of a gamble, but push the price up near $100.

I could potentially see a solution based on the Kegland Tee Fitting Add in a couple carbonation caps, and that is around $15 per bottle. I have not found any soda bottles around me larger than 2L, though I know I have seen 3L soda in the past (I have read that dollar stores are a good place to find them). 2L seems a bit smaller than I want, but 3L might would work well. I often make 3/4 gal small batches anyway.

Torpedo 6L Kegs: Ball Lock Torpedo Kegs | MoreBeer
Kegland Growler/Kegs: KegLand Mini Kegs
Kegland Tee Fittings: Carbonation Ball Lock Cap Tee Fitting | MoreBeer
 
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I have been looking closer at kegs for small batches and I am wondering if I am missing some options. The idea of fermenting and serving from the same keg sounds appealing for speeding up the time from brew day to drinking, though this is not critical.

I have a kegging setup, so I would prefer a setup that used standard ball lock fittings (though I would be up for adding a more portable tap and CO2 fitting). Is there a solution that is significantly cheaper than something like the $80 Torpedo 6L kegs?

I have seen some similar kegs on eBay for around $70. I have some 10L Torpedo kegs, so a keg closer to 1 gallon would fit my needs better than a 1.6 gal keg.

I have looked around at various "stainless steel growler" products. Even on places like eBay and aliexpress, once you add on the adaptor cap for ball lock attachments, the price is in the $70 range. Kegland branded items are less of a gamble, but push the price up near $100.

I could potentially see a solution based on the Kegland Tee Fitting Add in a couple carbonation caps, and that is around $15 per bottle. I have not found any soda bottles around me larger than 2L, though I know I have seen 3L soda in the past (I have read that dollar stores are a good place to find them). 2L seems a bit smaller than I want, but 3L might would work well. I often make 3/4 gal small batches anyway.

Torpedo 6L Kegs: Ball Lock Torpedo Kegs | MoreBeer
Kegland Growler/Kegs: KegLand Mini Kegs
Kegland Tee Fittings: Carbonation Ball Lock Cap Tee Fitting | MoreBeer
I have all options you listed, wish the torpedo and mini kegs could be filled to their marketed volumes. To keep the torpedo keg gas in out of the beer I am about .2gal lower than their listed size. The mini kegs you can get closer but the size reflects the filled to brim amount.

I have not tried the 2L tee thing yet but I have two I plan to try. I have used just a carbonation cap on a 2L bottle and that worked OK. I poured a beer or two, pushed some air out then pressurized again. Beer held up OK for a couples days, but they were more malty type beers.

I have bottled my last few sub 1gal batches in bombers. 3 or 4 bombers and a PET 500mL bottle to check progress makes for an enjoyable bottling session.
 

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So yeah, those are the two options currently - Torpedo kegs or KegLand kegs. I've thought about this a bit, and the big issue is yeast management, since there's a pretty decent amount of yeast and trub that settles in the bottom of a fermenter. One solution, when you'd like to rack from, say, a spunded keg, would be to slosh the beer around and tilt the keg so that the downstem (beer out tube) is physically higher up (so, furthest from the floor so that the whole keg is at a diagonal if you can picture that), and then to rack the beer once the yeast cake has re-settled. Beyond these kinds of schemes, no solution currently exists for one gallon brewers that can handle pressure - the BrewDemon is a conical with a yeast valve, but it can't be pressurized. Finally, you could design and weld your own, but welds on stainless are like $200+ per weld - trust me when I say I've considered most solutions! Haha
 

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Part of me says I should get a few of the Kegland Ts and caps, but I often end up spending a lot of money on "cheap" solutions that never quite pan out. Part of me says to bite the bullet and grab one or two of the keg options. Part of me says I just need a little more patience with bottling beers.

It is probably not really needed, today I picked up this 2-gallon cooler from Home Depot for $10 (Rubbermaid Victory 2 Gal. Red Cooler-FG153004MODRD - The Home Depot). I just wrap my 5 gal or 2.5 gal batches in a sleeping bag. This did not work as well for my 1 gallon batches (though they turned out fine). Using my oven worked as well, but since the lowest setting is 170F, it required some messing around. The 2-gallon cooler should help with more consistent mash temps. The lid does not seem to be very insulated though.
 

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The 2-gallon cooler should help with more consistent mash temps. The lid does not seem to be very insulated though.
I use a 2-gallon cooler, but I also have to use a HERMS system for temp consistency - you may lose, say, a degree F every 10 minutes otherwise. Additions of hot water every 20 minutes should offset this

As for those tees, the big issue with adding a bunch of space is the increased risk of oxidation, which is of particular concern for small batches (with a huge surface area to volume ratio)

Thus, I think the best move is the obvious one: ferment in glass or plastic, preferably in a fermenter with a spigot, and rack to a (CO2-purged) keg, carbonating or spunding there. A note: I've had issues with undercarbonated kegs due to the massive amount of headspace with some of my batches (since half a gallon of CO2 under 15 psi is a lot, and you need high pressures to reach carbonation at near-room temps), so keep that in mind
 

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It is probably not really needed, today I picked up this 2-gallon cooler from Home Depot for $10 (Rubbermaid Victory 2 Gal. Red Cooler-FG153004MODRD - The Home Depot). I just wrap my 5 gal or 2.5 gal batches in a sleeping bag. This did not work as well for my 1 gallon batches (though they turned out fine). Using my oven worked as well, but since the lowest setting is 170F, it required some messing around. The 2-gallon cooler should help with more consistent mash temps. The lid does not seem to be very insulated though.
I was not feeling motivated to do much productive around the house this evening, so I broke out my 2 gallon cooler to make a SMaSH to evaluate my new sack of Rahr "Standard 2-Row" (I guess they don't have a good marketing department). The "SH" part is pretty boring...just 30 IBUs of Warrior at 30 minutes. (Though I figured it would be good to evaluate this "Warrior is a clean bittering hop" claim.)

I did not get an accurate measurement at the end of the mash, but the temp seemed to drop around 4-5F over an hour. It had plenty of room for the 1.5 gals of water and the 2 lbs of grain. I ended up with a full 1 gal of wort at 1.052.

I am not a stickler on holding precise mash temps, but I feel like this cooler should give some consistency from batch to batch (and most of my 1 gal batches are to try one thing vs another).

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