The Blog for Women Who Brew Beer

3 Gallons vs. 5 Gallons

Posted by Maggie on May 8, 2010

Most recipes and prepared ingredient kits are for brewing 5-gallon batches of beer.  I brew three gallons at a time for a few reasons:

  1. I can lift the carboy with three gallons of beer but not five.  There is less wort as well so it is easier to handle.
  2. I don’t drink beer that quickly so, by making more batches, I can brew more often and try more recipes.  Plus it is fun to brew.
  3. I can have a greater variety of beers available at one time for guests.
  4. I don’t need to buy a larger pot for boiling the wort.
  5. 30 bottles fit easily in the dishwasher bottom for sterilization.
  6. The carboy takes up less room on the top of the fridge.

All the recipes on this site are for three-gallon batches.  Just multiply by 5/3 to convert to a five-gallon batch recipe.


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