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Old 08-31-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default 5 Gal --> 1 Gal

Is there a formula to take a 5 gallon recipe and convert it to 1 gallon? Dividing everything by 5 seems way too simple and destined for failure.

I have found some interesting recipes that I don't want to invest a full batch worth of supplies on until I know if we will like them.

Any tips, thoughts, suggestions?

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Old 08-31-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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Yep, divide by 5. That's pretty much it.

The only thing that would change is your boil volume. It depends on what size pot you are using but many people will still boil off about a gallon an hour.

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Old 08-31-2014, 07:00 PM   #3
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Default 5 Gal --> 1 Gal

I'd look on the "1-gallon brewers unite" thread for tips. If you don't find it there, those folks will be able to steer you right.

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The newb (me) just saw the 1 gallon brewer's unite thread.

Thanks for the replies, guys.

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If you use BeerSmith, you can scale it by batch volume and it'll do the work for you. Otherwise, yeah, it's pretty much dividing by 5. But some things aren't going to scale linearly (like boil volumes) and you'll pretty much have to figure it out as you go.

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Old 08-31-2014, 07:24 PM   #6
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I have been using Brewmate, and BeerSmith to scale recipes down, and I have to say that Brewmate is a little easier work with.

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I start with 1/5 and then tweak using BrewTarget (and, sometimes, common sense if I may so bold as to suggest I have any).

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