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Old 10-28-2009, 03:38 AM   #1
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Default Want to make smaller batches

I am just starting to brew beer. My first batch is fermenting now with an ale pale kit. It is a 6 gallon batch. I would like to maybe do 3 gallon batches so I can continue to make new batches. Making multiple 5-6 gallon batches would make more beer than I could drink, and will build up fast. Plus I could save on bottles.

I know I just started, but I am already addicted, and want to start a new beer. Can I brew 3 gallon batches with the ale pale? I don't think it would matter having a larger primary to use as long as I don't use a large secondary (for oxygen reasons). Should I have appropriate equipment for small batch brewing? Also, would I just divide regular recipes to accommodate the size of the batch, like using 3/5 of the ingredients? What is the best way to go about doing this? Thanks in advance for any posts!


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Old 10-28-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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Yes you can. The November 2009 BYO magazine has a few articals this month about that very topic. Check it out. You can use programs like Beertools to scale any recipe down to the size you want to brew.


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Yep. It is not a problem. All I do is 2.5 or 3 gallon batches. I primary in a 5 gallon BB and secondary in a 3 gallon BB. Software like Beertools or Beersmith(what I use) help immensely when scaling or creating recipes.
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I have noticed that beersmith only works for pc, and I have a mac. That, why I was wondering if I could just divide recipes. Plus I didn't want to pay for a site right now.
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I have noticed that beersmith only works for pc, and I have a mac. That, why I was wondering if I could just divide recipes. Plus I didn't want to pay for a site right now.
Check out Beer Alchemy:

http://www.kentplacesoftware.com/pro...erAlchemy.html


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