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Old 02-09-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Is it possible to just cut the ingredients for a 5 gallon recipe in half to make 2 1/2 gallon recipes? It is taking me longer than I thought to drink the 5 gallons, and am looking for more of a variety of beer. The wifey doesn't drink beer, and I only have 3 or 4 a week.

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Old 02-09-2007, 01:32 PM   #2
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Sure, you can do that. Don't halve the yeast, though- you can go ahead and pitch the whole thing of yeast.

One thing to keep in mind- you'll be doing full boils (since your batch is only 2.5 gallons) and you'll get better hops utilization. You may get a little more bitterness out of your hops- not necessarily a bad thing, just be aware of it. Also, since you won't be topping up with cold water, make sure you have a way to cool your wort quickly. I would just use an ice bath in the sink. You may want to get a 3 gallon carboy for your secondary- I have a couple (one glass, one better bottle) but the same size primary is ok.

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Old 02-09-2007, 01:33 PM   #3
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awesome. thanks for the quick reply!

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Lorena... did you ever get my final Oatmeal Stout recipe???

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