I found a nice rhythm to my extract brewing … I take a recipe or a kit, bump it to 6 or 6.5 gallons, I keg the 5 and then I throw the 1 to 1.5 gallons into bottles and let them naturally carb and age a bit longer.
But I have this crazy idea of changing the secondary fermentation, I want to have the 5 2ed ferment in the keg and then split out the 1 or 1.5 gallons into a secondary and screw with the flavor… try something extreme with 1 gallon of beer before I make a large batch, fruit, heather, oak… thinks like that…
So: my question,
I have a 5 gallon secondary, both pail and Glass carboy … but my gut tells me that is too big, so I should get something smaller, so I am thinking a 2 gallon container, since I am bottling that, I would like to put in a spigot.
I about two things, the first is a few times I fermented in a bucket, the lid was a problem to get off, once I spilled most of my batch when removing the lid, so I am thinking of a screw top lid.
The other is the spigot… are those easy to install (or more appropriately, how easy is that to screw up)? do I need a square bucket? How high off the bottom so I install the spiggot (I will probably be adding solids here)