Originally Posted by PastorofMuppets
I cant figure out how to enter the type of system i have into beersmith.
I have on the way the 10 gallon cooler and 10 gallon boil kettle.
I am only going to do 5 gallon batches for now. Do i want to select the 5 gallon cooler from the equipment in beersmith or the 10 gallon and then scale back to 5 gallon recipe?
When I scale back my gravity takes a nose dive.
I'm not a beersmith user. But I use a 10 gal kettle and only do 5 gallon batches. Well I build the recipe to get 5.5 gal wort into my fermentor so when I go to bottle I can leave half a gallon of yeast and dry hops and still package 5 gallons.
To get to 5.5 in the bucket I try to end boil with 6 in the kettle, so I can leave boil hops and trub behind. To get to 6 gallons post boil, I need 7 to 7.5 gallons pre-boil...
All this is to say a 10 gal kettle is a good size for 5 gallon batches.