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Old 10-16-2011, 04:57 AM   #1
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Default Looking to do 3 1/2 gal extract batch

I'm looking at doing a 3 1/2 gallon or so extract batch to make use of my 5 gallon better bottle, and was just wondering what the logistics of this would be. Would it simply be that I could take any 5 gallon recipe and use 3.5/5 of the ingredients in my boil? Also, I take it I couldn't really brew a beer that would require and kind of secondary/aging unless I have an even smaller vessel to transfer into from there? Thanks.

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Old 10-16-2011, 05:02 AM   #2
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Yes on both accounts. It might be good to use software or an online program to confirm everything, but for he most part, just scale it down. I have a 3 gallon glass carboy I use to secondary smaller batches, but you don't need a secondary even for a lot of big beers.

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Old 10-16-2011, 05:08 AM   #3
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Yes on both accounts. It might be good to use software or an online program to confirm everything, but for he most part, just scale it down. I have a 3 gallon glass carboy I use to secondary smaller batches, but you don't need a secondary even for a lot of big beers.
Excellent, thank you. Now I just need to find a raging recipe to make a small batch of!
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:17 AM   #4
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if you have a 5 gallon carboy, why not make a 4 or 4.25 batch and use a blowoff tube through active ferment. not sure why you would want the 1.5 gallons of extra space in there. (maybe i am missing something here)

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if you have a 5 gallon carboy, why not make a 4 or 4.25 batch and use a blowoff tube through active ferment. not sure why you would want the 1.5 gallons of extra space in there. (maybe i am missing something here)
Nope not missing anything, I was just figuring the head space for fermentation. I could rig up a blow off, I've just never really looked into it before.
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I've got a 3 gallon carboy and have done two 2-1/2 gallon batches in it. The last one did work it's way up into the fermentation lock over the first night as evidenced by a bit of brown crap in the snap cap of the lock, but otherwise worked out well. I'd be likely to use a blowoff next time, but you can squeeze quite a bit of beer out of a carboy.

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Why not blow about $15 and get yourself a plastic bucket fermenter with a lid and airlock and do your 5 gallon kit, reserving the 5 gallon better bottle for a secondary if you feel the need. No further scaling of recipes needed, less chance of mistakes cropping up during the process.

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Why not blow about $15 and get yourself a plastic bucket fermenter with a lid and airlock and do your 5 gallon kit, reserving the 5 gallon better bottle for a secondary if you feel the need. No further scaling of recipes needed, less chance of mistakes cropping up during the process.
Probably would be the reasonable thing to do. I just don't see any use for the secondary as of now. I suppose I really could just use it to free up the primary I do have as well.
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I say if you have a 5 gal carboy brew 5 gallons. All you need for a blow off tube is a piece of hose. Use a milk jug with water and iodaphor < spelling.

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I wouldn't worry about secondary. I have two five gallon carboys and I brew 4.5 gallon batches, but the temp here is in the low 60s. I wouldn't bother secondarying beer unless adding fruit or some special process

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