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1. What's your usual batch size?
3 gallons

2. Why do you brew small batches?
I get to brew more often.
More variety.
I don't share as much as some.
Smaller equipment is easier to handle.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
All grain

4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (), just stir in the extract, etc.
Batch sparge in 5 gallon Igloo. Nothing special. Basic equipment.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?
My 1500W heat stick is perfect for small batches.

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?
I brewed 5-6 gallons batches for about 5 years. 3 gallon saves maybe 30 minutes. Otherwise everything is basically the same.

7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?
It's just as fun as any other batch size.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging at room temperature?
« on: January 15, 2017, 06:12:04 PM »
Priming sugar works fine in kegs but the amount used is much less. I can't tell you exactly how much to use. Someone else here can.

Force carbing with co2 also works at room temp.

Not sure about trying to fill a growler at room temp. CO2 wants to escape the beer at room temp. So filling a growler would be problematic.

You should get a mini fridge for the keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:33:29 AM »
I enjoy brewing as a hobby not just as a means to make the beer I drink.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:07:16 PM »
96% Barke Pils
4% Carahell
19 IBU

Mill drove me crazy this morning. Would not turn. Emptied and cleared rollers like 6 times. Loosened gap and redid that. Nothing was working. Finally, worked after so many tries.

Pumpkin beer is good.

I like my big mouth bubblers except the lids (both types) don't seal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:39:39 PM »
A flight of three of my most recent beers on draft... Only one missing is my RIS not shown!

L to R:  NE Pale, Bitter and Schwarzbier.

Looks like a mimosa on the left.

Nice beers.

Ingredients / Re: Name your hop source!
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:28:19 PM »
I spent 15 minutes the other day looking for a Hop Heaven website after seeing it mentioned a few times on other threads and came to the conclusion he only sells via Ebay.  Is this right? 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
Yep. Only eBay.

Ingredients / Re: Name your hop source!
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:54:48 PM »
I switched to Yakima Valley Hops last year.


1. Good recommendations from this forum.

2. Lots of inventory/choices.

3. I like 2 oz portions. I am a small batch brewer, so, I don't want pounds.

4. I had a garlicky beer and decided I wanted a better hop supplier.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:47:07 PM »
My latest APA. I'm really digging this beer. New malt bill of 75% two row, 20% Munich, and 5% C60. I think this will be my new APA bill in order to differentiate a bit more from my IPA bill. 3:1:1 Cascade:Citra:Amarillo at FWH, Whirlpool, and dry hop. Killer combo. This beer has cleared much faster than another beer that I've ever kegged. The only fining I used was whirlfloc. The secret might have been discovered by accident. I accidentally froze all of my kegs in my keezer solid by accidentally leaving the temp controller probe out of the keezer. It Screwed with the carbonation a bit, but was easily corrected. The beer was this clear about 3 days after tapping. It might end up Being my new practice except I'll do it before carbing.

Looks delicious.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheapo pH Meter Experience
« on: January 08, 2017, 08:59:39 PM »
The Dr. Meter brand name does lend a certain panache.

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:03:30 PM »
How many sticks of butter are in Belgian waffles?

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 08, 2017, 05:51:17 PM »
As you can see by the photo, the "stick" is super precise.

Metric needs to rule the day. It's a tiny world now. Get with it. If some people are so stupid they can't adapt from 32F to 0C, they probably aren't contributing to society anyway.
I assume you switched to metric in your brewing software and on your temp controllers?

I tried it and gave up.

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