i’m a casual brewer who brews 5gal all grain batches. sometimes i make great beers, sometimes i dump them, but when i do make great ones i get stuck with so many bottles. my friends in the area aren’t big beer drinkers, i enjoy buying commercial beers as much as i like to drink my own… and i just can’t go through a 40 bottle batch. i brew for the fun of it, but mostly to give away and share… but if there’s no one to share with i sit on a couple dozen bottles for months.
i’m considering cutting back to 1 gal. batches that will allow me to brew basically for myself. however, i’m used to all grain brewing, while i’m not a great brewer, i have a few years experience of all grain.
my question is… will i just be disapointed doing stove-top, partial mash brews after the (fun) work of doing bigger all-grain batches?
should i switch to 1 gal? stay at 5 gal?
find new friends?
i want to brew more often, but just can’t if i sit on 20+ bottles per batch…