Splitsville - The Beginning

drew's picture

For the first decade or so of my brewing career, I brewed nothing but 5 gallon batches. I went on the Brewing Network all the way back in 2007 to discuss my doofy way of brewing and to defend brewing 5 gallon batch making!

Here's why I defend the world of 5 gallon brewing and these days 1 gallon brewing:

  • More variety
  • Fewer equipment needs
  • More frequent brewing
  • More experimentation
  • Everything in homebrewing is geared around the 5 gallon batch
  • More Variety!

So when I moved into my first house a year or so later, I had enough room and a dedicated spot to my brewing. (Advantage to being a homebrewer before you get a home - your partner accepts the fact that brewing is part of the household activities and knows there needs to be space for it.) I went bigger! Namely, I started using 50L pots and grabbed a turkey burner, a pump, etc, etc. All the accouterments you'd expect a big boy brewer to have. When I received the moneys for my first book - The Everything Homebrewing Book, I immediately turned around and spent part of it on a 26 gallon kettle. I was brewing big time now!

And I kinda hated it. It was nice to have the one big brew day and produce a lot of beer, but it kinda sucked that after a while, I just really didn't want another keg of the same beer. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a neo-phile.

Now the real question - is what to do about it? (More on that on Friday!)

denny's picture
I haven't gone as small as

I haven't gone as small as one gallon batches, but I almost never brew more than 5 galllons at a time. I enjoy the brewing as much as the beer and brewing smaller batches gives me more opportunity to brew, and to experiment with ideas for the beer.

Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!

Monster Mash
Big Batches

Has it's advantages. When you have kids your brewing time gets cut way down and nothing is worse than running out of beer. I do 3 gallon partial mash batches as a starter for 25 gallon batches so that gives me a chance to experiment a little.

My next step is to get two 15 gallon fermenters to split a 20 gallon batch and pitch different yeasts in each one. I agree that having too much of one beer gets a little old so by splitting batches you get two different beers from one batch.

denny's picture
Yeah, if I had to work around

Yeah, if I had to work around spending time with the kids, I'm sure my procedures would be much different. Fortunately for me, my "kid" is 36!

Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!