Batches less than 5 gallons in volume.

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Doing (very) small batches of beer

I was wondering if, for the sake of testing, it was a good idea to do very small batches of beer. I almost always see batches of 5, 6 gallons. I would like to make tests, and I don't want them to take ...
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What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?

After getting started with a few kits, I'd like to start experimenting a little bit. I'd like to start off with 1-gallon batches on anything I'm not sure about, though. I have a growler that I'm ...
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Too much Irish moss?

Following inspiration from this question, I've set myself up with equipment to brew one gallon batches. The idea is to brew small batches to get a solid recipe down, then scale up to a larger batch. ...
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Brew In A Bag one-gallon batch?

I'd like to try homebrewing, and I've read a great deal about the process, but I will have more time than money (I'm about to graduate from college). It seems like most people buy a lot of equipment ...
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Liquid Yeast for 1 Gallon Batches

I'm relatively new to home brewing and am enjoying brewing 1 gallon batches. I have been using dry yeast and can get about 4 batches from a single packet. I would, however, like to be able to use the ...
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Can BIAB be scaled down to tiny batches?

I just watched a Brewing TV epsiode on brewing-in-a-bag (BIAB). They took 7lb (3.2KG) of grains, and 5 US Gallon (19 Litres) of water. After mashing they had 4 US Gallons (15 Litres) of 1.052 gravity ...
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Fermentation vessels options for 1/2 batch experiments (~2.5 gallons)?

What are some good options for primary and secondary fermentation vessels for half batch (2.5 gallons) recipes? At the moment half batches seem to be the best compromise between ease of brewing, ...
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

I was recently given a 5L oak barrel from Oak Barrels Ltd. and I've never used such a thing before and have some basic questions. The barrel came with a great little instruction guide which talks ...
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Do I need to completely fill my keg?

I'd like to make some smaller batches in order to test recipes, but without the hassle of bottling multiple different beers. The whole process of sanitizing and cleaning bottles takes too long if I'm ...
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Storing water after chloramine removal

I have checked my local water authority and my tap water is chloraminated: The average chlorine concentration for this Public Water Supply Zone from January 2013 to December 2013 was 0.07 ...
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Small batch size brewing trub issues

Five gallon batches generate a certain amount of trub in the fermenter. However, its a relatively small percent of the total batch. I am interested in trying some 2 gallon maybe even one gallon ...
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Using 5 gallon kegs for 3 gallon batches

What are the pros and cons for using a 5 gallon keg for 3 gallon batches of beer? Am I wasting a lot of Co2?
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

I am working on a small batch, 1 gallon of Pale Ale. It came in a kit and the yeast was not labeled so I am not sure what kind it is. This is only the third batch I have brewed. On my first two ...
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What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?

I have a 10 gallon mash tun (chest cooler) and I've been brewing with pre-made kits. I want to start making my own recipes but I want to do half-batches (2.5 gallons) until I get the hang of things so ...
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Fizzy with no head?

My recent brew (#2) is well carbonated, but has little head to it when poured (and what's there dissipates quickly). Is it over carbonated? Too much priming sugar? Also, I am used to seeing a strong ...
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How does corn sugar effect the beer vs cane sugar?

Brand new to home-brewing. Currently making 1 gal small batches. I see a lot of recipes that call for either corn sugar or cane sugar, with honey as another alternative. How does corn sugar effect the ...
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Measuring SG on small (3.5l / 1g) batches

I do small batch brewing (3.5l-4l) and using hydrometer is a big pain for them, as I need to take very big amount of beer out to test it. I've learned to do OG readings with refractometer, but I get ...
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What are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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Hefeweissen ingredients question

it's my first post in here. I've just done my first batch of weissbier (or any other). It turned out quite alright so I'd like to repeat it to check I wasn't lucky. However, since it was from a kit ...
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Smaller batches Fermentation Time

I'm curious to start making my own recipes, and am thinking about trying 1 gallon batches. I would guess the conditioning time would be the same, since by then it's all in it's own bottles, so there's ...
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Brew Hack - What Can I Make with These Ingredients?

I have some leftover ingredients that are just going to go bad as I won't be making any brew for awhile. What I have: ~1 lb Carafa III crushed malted barley Several Packets of Dry Champagne Yeast ...
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Mashing vessel inside oven to avoid heat loss

I just saw a YouTube video where since guy puts the mashing tun - a pot in this case - in the oven to help with heat loss. I believe he didn't heat it, but world heating the oven to around mash ...
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Effect of Long, High, Decling-Temperature Mash on Wort

Due to time constraints, I need to do a two- to 2-1/2 hour unattended mash, and then return to lauter, etc. I plan to do a single batch sparge. I am looking for a slightly-less fermentable wort for ...
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1 Gallon Secondary

I am attempting to add fruit to my 1 gallon brew: Bavarian Hefewaizen + Raspberries. My research said to use 1 pound of fruit per gallon of beer and to add it after a few days of fermentation. I ...
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Swapped sparge by mash water quantities

When it was (potentially) too late I've noticed that I've used the 4L of water for mashing that I should've used for sparging - which was instead 3L. Could this be a problem? The end amount is the ...
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I'm trying to make a 1.5 litre batch of sugar wine (kilju), how much sugar do I add to it?

I've been trying to make a 1.5 litre batch of sugar wine, but I don't really know how much sugar I should add. Thanks.
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Making small batch of wine

I normally make 5 gallon wine kits. I purchase a 1 gallon kit and I have 6 gallon fermentor. Will this hurt the wine using the same fermentor? Do I need to get smaller fermentor for small batches?
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Making Hard Cider in a Dorm

So I am attempting to make my own hard cider. At my school, there is a farmers market every Thursday and at this market they sell flash pasteurized cider; the process is stopped partway through so it ...
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Help needed with recipe translation

I'm making the move from brewing all-grain kits to a "full fledged" recipe Weizen. However, I'm having trouble with some of the details: namely quantities and sparging. Some background: I've been ...
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Brewing with a concentrated wort

I'm living in a condo with no outdoors space and a mere 12" clearing on my stovetop. One-gallon all-grain batches are easy, but I'm trying to figure out some logistics for going larger... aside from ...