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Old 04-10-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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The few times I've tried to modify a recipe for a one gallon fermenter have been dismal failures. Either too hopped or too malty or not enough or some other reason that makes the effort a drainpour.

Does anyone have any 'rule of thumb' pointers or other advice regarding just doing one gallon batches? I was mainly thinking of some high gravity novelty ales that I'd never begin to drink all 5 gallons or give enough away too justify dumping all that money into the ingredients required.


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Are you using any brewing software? Most of them have auto scaling features that help cut the recipes.

I also found that calculating my hops in grams rather than ounces makes it easier in making small batches.

ANd what batch size are you making...if you are using a 1 gallon jug, you are more than likely using a btch size of 3/4 of a gallon, right?


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Also, how long are you waiting before you pour these out? If you think a beer is to hoppy, time tends to mellow that out.

Also, if you tell me that you've been pouring these out after only a few weeks in bottles, I might just blow a gasket.
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I've kept some examples around for 8 months with my fingers crossed but that still didn't help. The one gallon batches are done in a 3 gal carboy. Where would I find that 'auto-scaling feature' in BEERSMITH?
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I've kept some examples around for 8 months with my fingers crossed but that still didn't help. The one gallon batches are done in a 3 gal carboy. Where would I find that 'auto-scaling feature' in BEERSMITH?
There should be a button that says 'scale', otherwise its on the actions pulldown.
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Hopefully you can make it out...it's circled in red.

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Ah! Thanks Revvy. I'm headed to the LHBS for some ingredients to try this feature out.

Thanx again!
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One thing to remember is that the smaller the batch is, the less forgiving it's going to be on ingredients.... if you're using 3 gallon carboys, you might want to try to step it up to 2 gallon batches. I'm betting that you'll have more success doing that, and the additional cost won't be too huge.
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One thing to remember is that the smaller the batch is, the less forgiving it's going to be on ingredients.... if you're using 3 gallon carboys, you might want to try to step it up to 2 gallon batches. I'm betting that you'll have more success doing that, and the additional cost won't be too huge.
Mac's right...I missed the 3 gallon carboy part..that's alos a lot of headsapce..you might want to consider doing 2.5 gallon batches in your 3 gallon fermenters.

I do quite a lot of them.
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I personally don't think that you will lose anything from that amount of headspace though. I ferment 5 gallon batches just fine in a 15 gallon sanke keg.


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