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mini batches
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:32:34 PM »
 I REALLY want to get to brewing again. All my gear is in Idaho, and not coming back to me. At the moment, I can't swing building a new brewery. I'll get there over the winter, but right now I'm thinking of doing mini AG batches on the stove. One or two gallon. Is there anything different I need to be aware of, as opposed to my old twelve gallon batches?
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 07:39:11 PM »
BIAB?

not too much difference. the same things are still important.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 07:54:45 PM »
I'll have top look into BIAB. Don't know a lot about it.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 07:57:16 PM »
I'll have top look into BIAB. Don't know a lot about it.


At least half dozen threads in the last week or two. Do it.

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Re: mini batches
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 07:58:57 PM »
It's for sure the way to go with mini batches.

at a minimum you need a large size nylon or tulle bag, and a 2 or 3 gallon kettle. When I do it I like to use one of those little lunch mate coolers, the ones that are big enough for a couple six packs. but you can also do it right in the kettle and put the mash in a warm oven to maintain temp.

there are a few other guys on that will expound a bit more. I only do it once in a while
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 08:01:20 PM »
I'll have top look into BIAB. Don't know a lot about it.
Doing my first BIAB in about 1 1/2 hours. The appeal for me is I can do AG on the stovetop in small batches with minimal time and cleanup. For you starting back up with no equipment the appeal is that all you need is a pot, bag, thermometer, hydrometer, and something to ferment in. Maybe a colander.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 08:03:20 PM »
...minimal time and cleanup.


Minimal cleanup for sure, only saves me about 30-45 minutes over 10 gallons.

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Re: mini batches
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 08:15:57 PM »
...minimal time and cleanup.


Minimal cleanup for sure, only saves me about 30-45 minutes over 10 gallons.
It depends on your situation. I wouldn't do it for ten gallons. In my situation the time saved is the difference between being able to do it once a week or once or month or less. I'll be going from one 5 gallon batch/ month to four 2.5 gallon batch/month. And getting better faster through repetition and experimentation.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2014, 08:18:28 PM »
Sorry, I meant small batch time vs. 10 gallon batch time on my big burner.

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Re: mini batches
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2014, 08:57:20 PM »
and something to ferment in. Maybe a colander.

Fermenting in a colander might be problematic...  But I think it's a great idea for draining the bag.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2014, 08:58:34 PM »
Sounds interesting. Going to have to get to reading more witwhen I get in bed tonight. I like the short time it takes. Now that I have two kids, I don't have the free tone like I used to.
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2014, 08:59:29 PM »
and something to ferment in. Maybe a colander.

Fermenting in a colander might be problematic...  But I think it's a great idea for draining the bag.
 

I thought the same thing! LOL
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2014, 09:04:36 PM »
and something to ferment in. Maybe a colander.

Fermenting in a colander might be problematic...  But I think it's a great idea for draining the bag.
 

I thought the same thing! LOL
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Re: mini batches
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2014, 11:58:11 PM »
I'll have top look into BIAB. Don't know a lot about it.


At least half dozen threads in the last week or two. Do it.

I take that as a personal insult  ;D

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Re: mini batches
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2014, 12:01:44 AM »

I'll have top look into BIAB. Don't know a lot about it.


At least half dozen threads in the last week or two. Do it.

I take that as a personal insult  ;D

Ha ha. Didn't mean it that way. It's been a popular subject.