I want to mess around with a brown ale a little. I was thinking about trying 3 gal brew. I think NB does 3 gal. If they do, is there anything that I need to do or not to do on brew day? I am going to try different hops. Looking for more hoppiness. I have group “c”, watch have cassacde, and group “L”, with liberty.
Extract or all grain?
Where you thinking about dry hopping to get the added hoppy-ness? If so, consider dry hopping in 2 qt canning jars. A gallon of wort, split into three jars, gives you three different dry hop options. 40 oz in each jar yields three bottles - which is enough to decide if the result is good (or not).
I am going to do an all grain. Not sure about dry hop. Never used a dry hop. I am looking to use 3-4 different hops in each group. Not sure If I am going use the “c” or “L” group yet. I think I can get dry cascades and centennial.
Can you post the brown ale recipe you are using as a starting point (are you using the 5 gal all grain Caribou Slobber as a starting point)?
All good, yet the brown malt will hinder the hops to s degree. I won’t say you won’t be able to tell, just won’t shine through. Sneezles61
3-gallons is a great batch size. No problems for me boiling the batch on the kitchen stove. (Well, the steam build up is a bit of a hassle) Comfortable All-grain, all year round; no freezing my @$$ off in winter, or sweat dripping into the kettle in summer.
I have some 5-gallon carboys that I used to use as secondary’s that I use as primary’s for 3-gallon batches. I even have a couple 3-gallon kegs, but it’s really hard to find a good deal on them.
I wish NB had a better selection of 3-gallon kits, and I wish any of the competition sold 3-gallon kits. But there are so many 6-gallon recipies on the Internet to cut in half it’s pretty easy. BeerSmith also will scale any size recipe to any size you like.
My thoughts were to just use NB brown. I wanted to do a 3 gal to see. I originally wanted to get two 3gal and do one group of hops in one and the other group in the other. I did a caribou slobber and liked it. I did look at the grains to see what I liked, but I was not sure what I was looking for. First time trying something different. If NB does not sell 3gal ,I’ll get one 5 gal kit.
I would think that would help to save money by getting a 5 gallon kit and cut it in half, Maybe then you’d get extra yeast and hop? Sneezles61