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tappingduck
01-07-2015, 12:38 PM
Are there any issues of using a 3 bbl fermenter and/or bright tank with only a 1 bbl batch? 1/3 the capacity of the vessels. Limited space until our building is built and want to get started on some small batches.

AnthonyB
01-07-2015, 04:23 PM
A couple things come to mind:


Is there enough liquid in the vessel to cover the thermowell so that you can accurately monitor and respond to temperature?
Is there enough liquid in contact with the jacket to effectively cool it?
Depending on how much cooled jacket is exposed, you may need to be careful about potentially icing the jacket up during periods of crashing.
Depending on how much headspace is in the vessel, you will need to be careful about doing things post-fermentation that might exchange the CO2 in the headspace for oxygen instead (i.e. dry hopping, adding fruit/spices/etc.)

krenshaw
01-30-2015, 11:00 AM
i regularly do 2 bbl in our 4 bbl tanks.. though as mentioned above, just be sure that your jackets and thermo are covered.. i have found i have a slight more loss when it comes to transferring to the brite because the outlet of the beer tube goes up a bit to compensate for the yeast, though if i harvest before i can transfer out through the yeast port instead..

Fred
02-06-2015, 07:39 AM
Are there any issues of using a 3 bbl fermenter and/or bright tank with only a 1 bbl batch? 1/3 the capacity of the vessels. Limited space until our building is built and want to get started on some small batches.



Are you cooling in a room? Than I don't see a problem

If you have cooling jackets on your FV's, then you should watch that the jackets are covered with your beer, otherwise you run into problems

Cheers

Fred