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Old 02-01-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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to do half batches (2.5 gal) - is it as simple as dividing the 5 gal recipe in half?
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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basically yes, its good to use software like beersmith, because sometimes converting recipes down requires some small tweaks besides just cutting them in half. All I do is 2.75 gallon batches, its nice to have almost all my recipes come in at under 20 dollars. At 2.75 gallon batches I usually get 2.25 gallons in the bottling bucket which comes out to 24 bottles of beer.


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Old 02-01-2010, 03:37 AM   #3
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if your not using brewing software then yes it is just as easy as splitting the recipe in half on all ingrediants except the yeast, I have always just used the whole pack of yeast with positive results
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:38 AM   #4
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I've recently started doing only 2.5 gallons batches as well. Cheaper, and gets more variety in my beers. Instead of having 50 bottles of one thing, id rather have 25 of two. This is especially nice on new beers that I am trying. I will still do a 5 gallon batch now and then on a proven and tested recipe that I like.

 
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:39 AM   #5
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I know some people think it is dotty to do half batches, but that way I get to brew more and try more styles. I only drink a beer or two a week -- so 5 gallons could last 6 months!
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:43 AM   #6
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for those doing half batches do you use a 3 gal carboy?

 
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:48 AM   #7
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i use 5 gallon carboys since the prices aren't much different than the 3 gallon carboys, this gives you a leg up if you decide to do full batches plus you never have to worry about clogging your airlocks.
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:59 AM   #8
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i use 5 gallon carboys since the prices aren't much different than the 3 gallon carboys, this gives you a leg up if you decide to do full batches plus you never have to worry about clogging your airlocks.
I have one 5 gal carboy that I am using to make full batches (and will continue to use it for this). Additionally, I wanted to start half batches to experiment more and try new things - so I guess just getting another 5 gal carboy makes sense.

 
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:09 AM   #9
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I've recently started doing only 2.5 gallons batches as well. Cheaper, and gets more variety in my beers. Instead of having 50 bottles of one thing, id rather have 25 of two. This is especially nice on new beers that I am trying. I will still do a 5 gallon batch now and then on a proven and tested recipe that I like.

I'm of the same opinion. I love the process of brew day, so the more I can do it...the better.

 
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:12 AM   #10
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I have one 5 gal carboy that I am using to make full batches (and will continue to use it for this). Additionally, I wanted to start half batches to experiment more and try new things - so I guess just getting another 5 gal carboy makes sense.
yea northern brewer lists 3 gallon better bottles at 23.99, while the 5 gallon better bottle is listed at 22.99, so i would definitely go with the 5g


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