When I first started brewing beer at home, I was a five-gallon girl — much like most new homebrewers. It's just what you do. But there were drawbacks almost immediately. Brewing this much beer meant clearing out a precious coat closet for storing carboys and bottles, always having a buddy on hand to help lift the heavy (and hot!) pot on and off the stove, and drinking my way through a lot of beer — which might not seem like a bad thing at first, but can get tiresome if your beer proves less than stellar. Trust me.
And then I discovered one-gallon batches. Like a lightning strike to my brew pot, my life as a homebrewer was transformed overnight. Here's why I may never brew another five-gallon batch of beer again.