I have been out of brewing for a good several years. I’ve recently decided to get back into it, but in a slightly different way. I use to do 5 gallon extract or 5 gallon all-grain. What I want to brew now is 2-2.5 gallon partial mashes. Why? All grain ended up being so much work and equipment that it lost it’s appeal to me. Extract doesn’t give me quite enough flexibility to play with recipes. And 5 gallon batches are just a little more pricey than I really want to spend. Also, my last several batches had some problems, so spending all the time to do all-grain AND to end up with 5 gallons of unenjoyable product was not my favorite.
Anyway, now that the explanation is over, on to my problems.
I have yet to find a way to buy ingredient kits online for 2.5 gallon batches (and I’m not willing to buy 5 gallon batches and store the excess). This means I’m likely going to have to come up with my own recipes. The problem is, I am very intimidated by this (especially since I’ve never done this particular batch size before). I have a copy of How To Brew as well as other sources, but I know that essentially everything I read is assuming one is brewing 5 gallon batches. Can someone please help me get started with either making some recipes, converting recipes, or at least pointing me in the right direction?
As far as technique goes, I’m having the same concerns. I’ve never really done partial mashes, but the process seems pretty straight forward. But again, I assume this is all based on 5 gallon batch sizes. What will I need to do in order to brew this size batch? I know that’s a huge question, but I’m really feeling overwhelmed right now.
Thanks in advance