You can brew a smaller batch of beer than the size the BrewEasy™ was designed to accommodate. Several caveats are important to note and special steps will need to be taken. We recommend using the BrewEasy™ for the designed batch size and suggest purchasing in the batch size you plan to brew the most.

 

Smaller than 5 gallons in 5 gallon BrewEasy™:

We do not recommend smaller than 4 gallon finished batch size in the 5 gallon BrewEasy™.

 

5 gallon batch in 10 gallon BrewEasy™:

When brewing smaller batches in the larger system you will encounter a thinner mash bed, which can lead to cloudier wort. We recommend at least 10 pounds of grain to avoid an overly thin mash bed. We highly recommend purchasing the 9”, BE-000159-00, to accommodate the smaller mash.

When brewing with gas, caramelization can be an issue with low volumes in the bottom kettle of the BrewEasy™. This is especially problematic with the electric BrewEasy™ as the BoilCoil™ must remain fully submerged during operation. You should always maintain a minimum volume of 5 gallons in the bottom kettle at all times. It is important to set the AutoSparge™ float to maintain this minimum volume.

The BrewMometer™ will likely not be an effective method of verifying the mash temperature as the mash bed will not reach the stem of the BrewMometer™.

 

10 gallon batch in 20 gallon BrewEasy™:

When brewing smaller batches in the larger system you will encounter a thinner mash bed, which can lead to cloudier wort. We recommend at least 20 pounds of grain to avoid an overly thin mash bed. We highly recommend purchasing the 12” AutoSparge™ float rod, BE-000160-00 to accommodate the smaller mash.

When brewing with gas, caramelization can be an issue with low volumes in the bottom kettle of the BrewEasy™. This is especially problematic with the electric BrewEasy™ as the BoilCoil™ must remain fully submerged during operation. You should always maintain a minimum volume of 7 gallons in the bottom kettle at all times. It is important to set the AutoSparge™ float to maintain this minimum volume.

The BrewMometer™ will likely not be an effective method of verifying the mash temperature as the mash bed will not reach the stem of the BrewMometer™.