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Old 03-31-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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I wanted to try out a few off the wall recipes without dedicating too much effort (in case they suck). I want to make 1 gallon batches from extract.

My question is, is it as simple as just dividing a typical 5 gallon recipe by 5?

What about yeast pitching? Typically, I use a White Labs vial with a starter. I doubt I need the starter. What portion of the vial would I use, if not the whole thing.

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Old 03-31-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
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This is a marvelous way to experiment. If you have a brew partner who wants to, say, make a rosemary-kiwi mead, it's a good way to limit your committment. If it turns out great, you can always follow up with 5 gallons. Most parts of the recipe simply scale. Hops are one that do not - use just a bit more. For yeast, you can scale that down as well, but unless you're going to use that WL vial for something else, might as well use the whole thing.

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Just make the experiment along with a 5 gallon batch of something you like that will use the same yeast. Make a 2 pint starter and pour a little bit into the experiment, a few tablespoons, and save the rest for your 5 gallon batch.

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I wanted to try out a few off the wall recipes without dedicating too much effort (in case they suck).
If effort is your primary concern, you're better off with at least a 3 gallon batch. 1 gallon batches are more work than 5 gallon ones, in my opinion.

Now if cost is your motivation, then yeah, do the 1 gallon batch!
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If effort is your primary concern, you're better off with at least a 3 gallon batch. 1 gallon batches are more work than 5 gallon ones, in my opinion.

Now if cost is your motivation, then yeah, do the 1 gallon batch!
Actually, it's effort and cost.

The main reason I was only going to do a gallon is that I have some gallon sized wine jugs to ferment in. I didn't want to occupy my larger fermenters for a test batch. Why would 1 gallon be more of an effort than 5?
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Actually, it's effort and cost.

The main reason I was only going to do a gallon is that I have some gallon sized wine jugs to ferment in. I didn't want to occupy my larger fermenters for a test batch. Why would 1 gallon be more of an effort than 5?
Siphoning is more difficult with a 1 gallon container, and everything you take out of it is proportionally more precious - even pulling out a hydrometer sample represents a significant amount of your end product, and racking even once will reduce your yield by like 10%.

I guess it's not so much that it's more work as that it isn't any less work.
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Siphoning is more difficult with a 1 gallon container, and everything you take out of it is proportionally more precious - even pulling out a hydrometer sample represents a significant amount of your end product, and racking even once will reduce your yield by like 10%.

I guess it's not so much that it's more work as that it isn't any less work.
+1. also, if it turns out great, then you've got some to drink while the 5gal batch comes along
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get a mini auto-siphon. it makes racking 1 gallon jugs alittle easier.

you can also get 2 and 3 gallon carboys to reduce the volume and price, but still end up with more than a 12-pack of finished beer.
I get a case a few bombers out of a 3 gallon batch, and that volume can be done indoors on my stove (a double win for freezing Nebraska winters...bad windchills)

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