New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less?

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New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less?

Unread postby majk » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:45 am

Hi guys, I'm new to this - and my first ever brew day is coming quickly and as I'm setting everything up - I'm wondering If I can brew less than 20L in 20L Braumeister? As I'm new to the trade - I'm sure first couple of batches would need a bit of a fine-tuning (or maybe even flush it to the toilet :D ) - so thinking that I may brew less than 20L - but not sure If this is possible as the pump/ system needs certain levels for circulation etc, right?
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby Everhopfull » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:41 am

Hi Majk,
If I were you I would aim for 20 litres on your first brew. You might find you end up with less or more anyway, as I did on my first BM Brew(17 l). Boil off rates, top up water, Sparge water volume( if sparging), hop amounts are all going to affect the final volume.
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby majk » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:26 am

Thank you - but there is no way to brew with small volume - like 5L or 10L or something like that, correct? I should aim to +/- 20L to keep the functionality...
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby Nashbrew » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:29 am

majk wrote:Thank you - but there is no way to brew with small volume - like 5L or 10L or something like that, correct? I should aim to +/- 20L to keep the functionality...

You would need to buy a shorter malt pipe first.
I did not bother ,jumped straight in at 20 never looked back.
I had never brewed before I got the Braumeister either.(except for some dodgy kits with my Dad years back)
Don't forget to wake up breathing!
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby Cristian » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:39 am

majk wrote:As I'm new to the trade - I'm sure first couple of batches would need a bit of a fine-tuning (or maybe even flush it to the toilet :D )


Take a good receipt from this forum and I’m sure it's going to be a successful brew.
It’s not easy to go that wrong if you follow the process. :beer:
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby Onthebrew » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:07 am

majk wrote:Thank you - but there is no way to brew with small volume - like 5L or 10L or something like that, correct? I should aim to +/- 20L to keep the functionality...


I bought a 10 litre malt pipe with my original 20l BM purchase- nearly two years later, and 25 brews its still unused- you be surprised how quickly 20litres go! and its just as easy to make 20 as 10.
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby mashy » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:44 pm

Do a water ONLY run first - makes sure everything in clean, works and gets you ready for whats it does on brew day.

20l really isn't that much - plenty of people will help you to drink it if it gets in the way :D

Search 'fast beer' inthe top right hand corner - might help
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Re: New to brewing and starting with 20L - could I brew less

Unread postby nibber » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:31 pm

The 10 Litre short malt pipe is handy for small experimental brews :beer:
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