Smaller Batches

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Smaller Batches

Postby Cornish Knocker » Mon Nov 12, 2018 18:54

I've been brewing all grain beers for maybe 3 or 4 years and during that time have always brewed between 18 and 23 litres at a time, brewing beers around 4.5% - 5% ABV.

I've now decided I am going to start brewing smaller batches, say around 10 litres, really so I can experiment a lot more.

So, when it comes to adding the yeast, I have up to now used 11g dry yeast, usually US05, would it cause any problems by still throwing in a standard 11g of yeast, or should I be reducing it? As I say my beers are usually around the 4.5 to 5%. Ideally I would like to reduce the amount of yeast, so I can save a bit of money on the yeast :whistle:

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Re: Smaller Batches

Postby Brewzee » Mon Nov 12, 2018 19:15

I vote to keep putting the whole packet in, getting the ferment off to a rollocking good start is always a good thing. I bought 500g of saf 05,it was cheap that way, keep it in the fridge in a jam jar and use it liberaly. I think more yeast has made a good difference.
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Re: Smaller Batches

Postby BooBrew » Tue Nov 13, 2018 09:51

We also do 10l batches. We split the batch into 2 1 gal fermenters, aerate well and add a level teaspoon of yeast to each. One 11g pack of yeast does us 2 10l batches. We don't bother, but if you rehydrate the yeast first, it'll give you confidence that it's still viable after sitting around in an opened packet. No problems so far for us, and saves a bit of money on yeast.

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Re: Smaller Batches

Postby Cornish Knocker » Thu Nov 15, 2018 17:07

Thanks guys, very useful info. Cheers

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Re: Smaller Batches

Postby PeeBee » Tue Nov 27, 2018 18:40

Not quite the same but very similar … I'll brew 40L batches of low alcohol beer and put half a packet (5.5g) in each 20L fermenter (keg). Beersmith 3 actually tries to calculates how much yeast to use a will come up with 1-2g per 20L.
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