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Old 04-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where to find or how to calculate some two and a half gallon extract recipes? I'd like to brew my wife a batch but five gallons won't be neccessary and it will free up my fermenter for MY next brew.

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Old 04-01-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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Most brewing softwares will adjust for you (ProMash, BeerSmith, BeerTools, etc.).

More simply, all the ingredients for a 5-gallon recipe divided by 2 will give you a 2.5-gallon recipe.

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Old 04-02-2008, 11:30 AM   #3
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Most brewing softwares will adjust for you (ProMash, BeerSmith, BeerTools, etc.).

More simply, all the ingredients for a 5-gallon recipe divided by 2 will give you a 2.5-gallon recipe.
HAHAHA. I already knew the common sense division (yeah, even down here in WV we learn that ) but I thought there was more to it than that.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:01 PM   #4
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Well, to make you feel better about your math skills- you don't divide the yeast package, use the whole package of yeast.

So, all other ingredients by 1/2- but a full package of yeast. You may get slightly better hops utilization but I wouldn't really worry about that.

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Old 04-02-2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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Yeah, I don't consider better hop utilization a draw back. Cool, so everything by half except the yeast. I appreciate it guys.

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Old 04-02-2008, 03:41 PM   #6
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There really isn't that much to altering the size of a recipe. Just be aware that its going to take the same effort to brew 2.5 gallons that it would take for 5. If that makes you sad, bump it up to 10 or 30 gallon batches, haha.

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would fermenting 3 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket have too much head space?

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Not for a primary fermenter, no.


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what about a 5 gallon BB for a secondary?

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would fermenting 3 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket have too much head space?
For the secondary, go to Lowes and buy a 3 gallon jug of water and use that for your recipe. Then use the bottle for the secondary. It is a Type 1 plastic and is perfect.
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