2 Gallon Batches vs. 5 Gallon Batches

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mnmike
beers 1091 º places 33 º 19:44 Tue 1/22/2013

Anyone else here prefer to make smaller batches (2 gallons) instead of 5 gallons?

I just really like the variety aspect and trying new things - as opposed to having to drink or give away roughly 60 12 oz. bottles of the same beer.

Also, for the Safale S-04 11.5g packets - anyone had any success in just using half the packet of yeast and then saving the other half in the fridge for a month and brewing with that then?

 
temporrari
beers 398 º places 12 º 19:48 Tue 1/22/2013

For me, it’s too much of my time to invest to not do 5 gallons. Brewday is 5 hours, and I probably spend 8 hours or so total on every beer I brew. I just don’t have time to do that often enough to not make enough to last me 3-4 weeks.

 
foppa78
places 12 º 19:58 Tue 1/22/2013

Small batches are nice when trying to dial in a recipe but after that I would much rather brew 10+ gallon batches. I keg though. If I had to bottle everything I may appreciate going your route with the smaller batches.

 
Fred82
beers 2339 º places 7 º 20:03 Tue 1/22/2013

When I started brewing I was thinking that smaller batches would be the absolute best for me since I wanted to experiment a lot but after 9 months into the hobby, I realize that since brewdays are rather long, I don’t have that many occasions to brew so that ’s what is limiting my wish to experiment and with the limited number of batches I manage to brew, I don’t have that much extra beer on my hands so why not brew 5 gallons and have more especially when I’m very happy with the batch.

However, split batches is something I’m looking into and for that reason, I’ll probably buy a pair of small carboys soon.

 
ekoerper
beers 599 º places 39 º 22:15 Tue 1/22/2013

I tend to brew 10-15 gallons (I realize not everyone has this luxury) since it takes the same amount of time to brew 5. I then often do different treatments/fermentations to 5 gallon portions.

 
brokensail
beers 16648 º places 1374 º 22:17 Tue 1/22/2013

The time and effort difference between 2/5/10/etc. gallons is really minimal, so it’s hard to justify brewing only two or three gallons. The only times I’ve ever decided it was worth it to brew a smaller batch was with some hoppy beers since I can’t drink 5 gallons fast enough.

The idea of split batches/fermentation is a good one, depending on what you’re looking to do.

 
VsXsV
beers 4547 º places 87 º 22:37 Tue 1/22/2013

Originally posted by womencantsail
The time and effort difference between 2/5/10/etc. gallons is really minimal, so it’s hard to justify brewing only two or three gallons.


This. I brew together with two friends though, so I usually get through my allotment of a brew quite fast (our batches are about 4 gallons each). We’ve done some smaller batches as well but the time saved is negligible.

 
dEnk
beers 4200 º places 33 º 00:02 Wed 1/23/2013

Originally posted by womencantsail
The time and effort difference between 2/5/10/etc. gallons is really minimal, so it’s hard to justify brewing only two or three gallons. The only times I’ve ever decided it was worth it to brew a smaller batch was with some hoppy beers since I can’t drink 5 gallons fast enough.

The idea of split batches/fermentation is a good one, depending on what you’re looking to do.


^ This, was at 2, then went to 5, now going to 10.

That build up left me with different sized equipment so now I can split batches or do a quick extract brew with 2 gallons if I want to try a rough idea.

 
HornyDevil
06:25 Wed 1/23/2013

Originally posted by mnmike
Anyone else here prefer to make smaller batches (2 gallons) instead of 5 gallons?

I just really like the variety aspect and trying new things - as opposed to having to drink or give away roughly 60 12 oz. bottles of the same beer.


Though I don’t brew smaller batches, I tend to split some higher gravity batches into two 2.5 gallon batches. The last one that I did was an imperial breakfast stout (cocoa, coffee, & oats) and split the batch with half staying the same and the other half getting 3 lbs of buckwheat honey and a spiral of light toast French oak.

Originally posted by mnmike
Also, for the Safale S-04 11.5g packets - anyone had any success in just using half the packet of yeast and then saving the other half in the fridge for a month and brewing with that then?


I’m sure you could do it, but why? The packets are only like 3-fiddy a piece.

 
Quasimodo
beers 217 º 07:42 Wed 1/23/2013

The only time I regret brewing 5 gallons is when I occasionally make something that isn’t very good. Drain pouring gallons of homebrew is a sad occurrence.

 
robrules
places 1 º 07:56 Wed 1/23/2013

I always see comments about people saying they can’t imagine drinking 5 gals. of the same beer and don’t homebrew because they prefer variety. As an IPA drinker/brewer I can’t imagine drinking the same commercial IPA’s over and over again. I get to drink a totally unique IPA every 2 cases.



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