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Author Topic: newbie - small batches  (Read 912 times)

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newbie - small batches
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:08:19 PM »
hello all,

im new to home brewing and most kits are set up for 40 pints (23L) with a 1Kg of brewing sugar. I was wondering are there any kits for smaller batches? roughly the 20 pint range (12L), or would I just add the pre-hopped malt extract and a small amount/no sugar to say 12L of water?

any advice is much appreciated

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Re: newbie - small batches
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 06:48:51 PM »
Welcome to the crew. You can get smaller tins (Mr Beer) . I can't remember the size if the Mr Beer fermenter . I have never used one but I think they are just shy of 9L though could be wrong.
Your best bet is to do 60 minute boils with either dry or liquid malt or a combination of the 2 with some steeping grains. that will allow you to make the beer you are after with the volume you desire.
If you need a hand with a recipe and procedure , let us know and we'll put you on the right path. cheers.
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Re: newbie - small batches
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2017, 07:53:42 PM »
Hi, welcome. If you like a beer a bit bold you could use just the beer kit without adding anything for a half batch. The bitterness will be double but if you used a lighter style kit it might make for a nice all malt beer.

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Re: newbie - small batches
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2017, 08:37:28 PM »
Hi, welcome. If you like a beer a bit bold you could use just the beer kit without adding anything for a half batch. The bitterness will be double but if you used a lighter style kit it might make for a nice all malt beer.

I think I might give that a try, one can of hopped malt extract to make 12-14L of beer. Just got to think of one to try it with. cheers

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Re: newbie - small batches
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 08:41:24 PM »
Both good options here - my personal suggestion would be as Vic has said, do a small boil and go for extract recipes.

A boil isn't a tricky or scary thing and being a smaller batch you could get away with just using a small pot on the stove :)
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 05:52:55 AM »
aching me how tos said, do a small boil a get in to

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Re: newbie - small batches
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 06:38:41 AM »
You in the UK? Woodfordes do 20pint kits now.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 07:32:39 PM »
I do small batch brewing using two 2 gallon water coolers that i have converted to a hot liquor tank and mash tun. I do all grain brewing and fly sparge but you could do extract. I find one gallon recipes (5L) and make a double batch. Here are a few options:
https://brooklynbrewshop.com
https://www.defalcos.com/brewing-information/one-gallon-extract-n-grain.html
https://www.midwestsupplies.com/all-grain-brewing/micro-bru-small-scale-brewing

I end up with 3 gallons of wort which boils down to about 2 gallons. I then ferment in 2 one gallon glass carboys.
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