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kjames3 03-01-2012 09:33 PM

Good 3 Gallon carboy size recipe?
 
Just starting out and am looking for a good starter recipe and working with a 3 gal carboy, any help would be appreciated

SenorPepe 03-01-2012 09:44 PM

Beersmith is your friend. If you can afford it at all, I'd suggest it. There's probably free software that can scale recipes too, though I don't know any offhand. I do half batches due to size constraints, and I just take whatever recipe is formulated for 5 or 10 gallons and scale it with Beersmith. I target just over 2.5 gallons in my 3 gallon Better Bottle plastic carboy, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how vigorous I expect fermentation to be.

Pumbaa 03-02-2012 12:11 AM

cider + yeast . . . best recipe yet

NineMilBill 03-02-2012 02:34 AM

Beersmith is great - but if you have basic math skills, you can convert the recipes with pen and paper in about a solid minute. The only difference is the yeast, which doesn't change a whole lot. Knock off a chunk for a gallon recipe, but 3-5 gallons can do the whole bit. Some people get down to the billions of yeast particles per millimeter - and that's great - but this rough estimate hasn't failed me yet.

LeBreton 03-02-2012 03:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pumbaa (Post 3848262)
cider + yeast . . . best recipe yet

Classic, all my best ciders have been based on this with only minor variations.

Griffin10 03-02-2012 04:49 AM

Most 5 gallon batches seem to use a 5g packet of yeast, so using about 3/5 of a packet for 3 gallons should work. I did this with my first batch - just kinda eyeballed it to use a "little over half" of the yeast, and it was all good.

Pumbaa 03-02-2012 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeBreton (Post 3848961)
Classic, all my best ciders have been based on this with only minor variations.

only variation I use it I throw some wood into the carboy while I wait for the yeast to settle out

Yooper 03-02-2012 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Griffin10 (Post 3849214)
Most 5 gallon batches seem to use a 5g packet of yeast, so using about 3/5 of a packet for 3 gallons should work. I did this with my first batch - just kinda eyeballed it to use a "little over half" of the yeast, and it was all good.

Normally, a 5 gram package is used for 1-6 gallons of cider.

kjames3 03-02-2012 08:11 PM

Thats what I was curious about mostly was scaling down the yeast, thanks alot guys

kc9eci 03-03-2012 12:55 PM

Why scale back on the yeast? Are you going to save the unused portion for something?


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